Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin:

Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

  • Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
    Read by: Lorna Raver
  • Runtime: 11.2 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 12.1.2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 11.18 hrs12/1/2004Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-8173-5
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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A Booklist Editors’ Choice, May 2005

This is an exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers—Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber—whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of the 1920s.

Marion Meade re-creates the aura of excitement, romance, and promise of the 1920s, when these literary heroines did what they wanted, said what they thought, and kicked open the door for twentieth-century women, setting a new model for every woman trying to juggle the serious issues of economic independence, political power, and sexual freedom. But Meade also brings to light the anxiety and despair that lurked beneath the nonstop partying and outrageous behavior. She describes the men who influenced them, loved them, and sometimes betrayed them. And while she describes their social and literary triumphs, she also writes movingly of the penances they paid. A vibrant mixture of literary scholarship, social history, and scandal, Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin is a rich evocation of an era that will forever intrigue and captivate us.

Editorial Reviews

“This book is gossip taken to the highest, cosmic level, a social movement explained in terms of trivial detail that makes everything ‘real.’”

Washington Post

“Reading Meade’s book is like looking at a photo album while listening to a witty insider reminisce about the images. Her writing is bright, her language charged with gritty details…Instead of portraying them as austere literary figures, Meade makes the women seem like part of the family.”

San Francisco Chronicle   

“An extraordinarily intriguing production, beautifully read by Lorna Raver…Raver’s sensitivity and insight into four very different artistic women broadens our knowledge and understanding of them.”


“Edged with flapper flair, Raver’s husky tones and delicately turned intonations are a strong match for Meade’s biographies.”


Author Biography

Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Madame Blavatsky, and Victoria Woodhull, as well as two novels about medieval France. She lives in New York City.

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Reader Biography

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.

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