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Title:
Molly Brown : unraveling the myth
Author:
Iversen, Kristen.
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Publication Information:
Boulder, Co. : Johnson Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxv, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781555662363

9781555662370
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When Margaret Tobin Brown arrived in New York City shortly after her perilous night in Lifeboat #6, a legend was born. Applauded for her tireless work on behalf of the poorest survivors -- especially women in steerage who had lost all family and possessions, and who spoke no English -- Brown soon became famous throughout the nation and the world. Through magazines, books, a Broadway musical, and a Hollywood movie, she became The Unsinkable Molly Brown, but in the process her life was distorted beyond recognition. Even her name was changed -- she was never known as Molly during her lifetime.


Summary

When Margaret Tobin Brown arrived in New York City shortly after her perilous night in Titanic's Lifeboat Six, a legend was born. Through magazines, books, a Broadway musical, and a Hollywood movie, she became "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," but in the process her life story was distorted beyond recognition. Even her name was changed--she was never known as Molly during her lifetime. Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth is the first full-length biography of this American icon, and the story it tells is of a passionate and outspoken crusader for the rights of women, children, mine workers, and others struggling for their voice in the early twentieth century.


Author Notes

Kristen Iversen has been featured on the AandE cable network for both the biography of Molly Brown and a documentary about the Titanic's survivors, and on the Today Show. She lives in Golden, Colorado. Muffet Brown is the great-granddaughter of Margaret Tobin ("Molly") Brown.


Kristen Iversen has been featured on the AandE cable network for both the biography of Molly Brown and a documentary about the Titanic's survivors, and on the Today Show. She lives in Golden, Colorado. Muffet Brown is the great-granddaughter of Margaret Tobin ("Molly") Brown.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Iversen provides a richly textured portrait of Margaret Tobin Brown, one of the most intriguing passengers to survive the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic. Dubbed the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" by journalists searching for a colorful heroine, Mrs. Brown's real-life story and exploits were distorted and exaggerated beyond all recognition. In order to separate fact from fiction, the author painstakingly reconstructs Brown's youth, her infamous marriage to J. J. Brown, her Titanic adventure, and her twilight years. What emerges is a respectful chronicle of an intelligent and unconventional philanthropist, author, would-be politician, and champion of women's and children's rights. In addition to challenging the formidable myth of Molly Brown, Iversen also offers a piercing analysis of why such a unique, intelligent, and capable woman was stereotyped as a farcical burlesque figure by both the media and genteel society. A must-read for Titanic buffs. --Margaret Flanagan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Molly BrownÄthe gun toting, vulgar saloon-girl-made-goodÄhas become a staple of American myth through the Broadway and Hollywood musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and the hit film Titanic. In this extensively researched biographyÄthe first serious work on BrownÄIversen, an editor at Westcliffe Publishers and an independent scholar, reveals that Brown was a far more fascinating and important figure than her stage or screen portrayals suggest. True to her legend, Margaret Tobin Brown was born in 1867 to poor Irish immigrants in Hannibal, Mo., became the grande dame of Denver society after her husband hit pay dirt in his silver mine and survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was also, however, a prominent philanthropist and social reformer focusing on the rights of children; an ardent suffragist who contemplated several runs for Congress; a frequent liberal spokesperson for women's, labor and race issues; and, late in life, an actress of some note. A devout Catholic, Brown publicly challenged her church's stand on women's suffrage; invited Jewish women to work on her high-society fund-raising events; and, although she was a mine owner, defended the unionization of miners. Iversen is particularly adept at placing Brown in the context of her times, making the most of this opportunity to reexamine the Gilded Age and early 20th century through the lens of feminism and economic and social change. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

Iversen provides a richly textured portrait of Margaret Tobin Brown, one of the most intriguing passengers to survive the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic. Dubbed the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" by journalists searching for a colorful heroine, Mrs. Brown's real-life story and exploits were distorted and exaggerated beyond all recognition. In order to separate fact from fiction, the author painstakingly reconstructs Brown's youth, her infamous marriage to J. J. Brown, her Titanic adventure, and her twilight years. What emerges is a respectful chronicle of an intelligent and unconventional philanthropist, author, would-be politician, and champion of women's and children's rights. In addition to challenging the formidable myth of Molly Brown, Iversen also offers a piercing analysis of why such a unique, intelligent, and capable woman was stereotyped as a farcical burlesque figure by both the media and genteel society. A must-read for Titanic buffs. --Margaret Flanagan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Molly BrownÄthe gun toting, vulgar saloon-girl-made-goodÄhas become a staple of American myth through the Broadway and Hollywood musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and the hit film Titanic. In this extensively researched biographyÄthe first serious work on BrownÄIversen, an editor at Westcliffe Publishers and an independent scholar, reveals that Brown was a far more fascinating and important figure than her stage or screen portrayals suggest. True to her legend, Margaret Tobin Brown was born in 1867 to poor Irish immigrants in Hannibal, Mo., became the grande dame of Denver society after her husband hit pay dirt in his silver mine and survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was also, however, a prominent philanthropist and social reformer focusing on the rights of children; an ardent suffragist who contemplated several runs for Congress; a frequent liberal spokesperson for women's, labor and race issues; and, late in life, an actress of some note. A devout Catholic, Brown publicly challenged her church's stand on women's suffrage; invited Jewish women to work on her high-society fund-raising events; and, although she was a mine owner, defended the unionization of miners. Iversen is particularly adept at placing Brown in the context of her times, making the most of this opportunity to reexamine the Gilded Age and early 20th century through the lens of feminism and economic and social change. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Muffet Laurie BrownMuffet Laurie Brown
Foreword: Unraveling the Mythp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
A Note on Sourcesp. xxiii
A Bump in the Night April 14, 1912p. 1
A Legend Born April 1912, and Aftermathp. 31
Raised on the Milk of a Nanny Goat 1867-1886p. 63
Better Off with a Poor Man 1886-1894p. 79
An Unfortunate Disposition 1894-1906p. 107
Why Be Mildewed at Forty? 1906-1912p. 149
Drum Major of an Imperial Band 1913-1922p. 179
In the Spirit of Sarah Bernhardt 1922-1932p. 219
Envoi April 18, 1912p. 251
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 286
Foreword: Unraveling the Mythp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
A Note on Sourcesp. xxiii
A Bump in the Night April 14, 1912p. 1
A Legend Born April 1912, and Aftermathp. 31
Raised on the Milk of a Nanny Goat 1867-1886p. 63
Better Off with a Poor Man 1886-1894p. 79
An Unfortunate Disposition 1894-1906p. 107
Why Be Mildewed at Forty? 1906-1912p. 149
Drum Major of an Imperial Band 1913-1922p. 179
In the Spirit of Sarah Bernhardt 1922-1932p. 219
Envoi April 18, 1912p. 251
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 286