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The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America, Edward White

Label
The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America
Title
The Tastemaker
Title remainder
Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America
Statement of responsibility
Edward White
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A revealing biography of the influential and controversial cultural titan who embodied an era The Tastemaker explores the many lives of Carl Van Vechten, the most influential cultural impresario of the early twentieth century: a patron and dealmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, a photographer who captured the era's icons, and a novelist who created some of the Jazz Age's most salacious stories. A close confidant of Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, George Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Knopfs, Van Vechten frolicked in the 1920s Manhattan demimonde, finding himself in Harlem's jazz clubs, Hell's Kitchen's speakeasies, and Greenwich Village's underground gay scene. New York City was a hotbed of vice as well as creativity, and Van Vechten was at the center of it all.Edward White's biography--the first comprehensive biography of Carl Van Vechten in nearly half a century, and the first to fully explore Van Vechten's tangled relationship to race and sexuality--depicts a controversial figure who defined an age. Embodying many of the contradictions of modern America, Van Vechten was a devoted husband with a coterie of boys by his side, a supporter of difficult art who also loved lowbrow entertainment, and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance whose bestselling novel--and especially its title--infuriated many of the same African-American artists he championed. Van Vechten's defense of what many Americans considered bad taste--modernist literature, African-American culture, and sexual self-expression--created a popular appetite for these quintessential elements of American art. The Tastemaker encompasses its subject's private fears and longings, as well as Manhattan's raucous, taboo-busting social scene of which he was such a central part. It is a remarkable portrait of a man whose brave journeys across boundaries of race, sexuality, and taste helped make America fully modern"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
White, Edward
Dewey number
  • 813/.52
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3543.A653
LC item number
Z95 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Van Vechten, Carl
  • Authors, American
  • Photographers
Label
The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America, Edward White
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
377 pages
Isbn
9780374201579
Lccn
2013034003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn846545238
  • 1352156
  • (OCoLC)846545238
Label
The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America, Edward White
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
377 pages
Isbn
9780374201579
Lccn
2013034003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn846545238
  • 1352156
  • (OCoLC)846545238

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