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Title:
Nell Brinkley and the new woman in the early 20th century
Author:
Robbins, Trina.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
vii, 147 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780786411511
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The art and commentary of Nell Brinkley (1886-1944) ran in American newspapers from 1907 through the 1930s. At the height of her popularity, "The Brinkley Girl" appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and inspired poems and popular songs. Brinkley's name even sold hair curlers, and her delicate pen work influenced later women cartoonists. As early as 1913, Brinkley was drawing working women, from farm and factory workers to those pursuing careers, using her art to encourage decent pay, pensions, and housing for thousands of young women working for the war effort. This work covers her life and her work, which might upon first glance show pretty girls but on a closer inspection reveals a post-Victorian feminism. It also looks at her rise to popularity, the innocent sexuality of her Brinkley girls, the sugary and sentimental Betty and Billy series, and the beauty of her line drawings.


Author Notes

Writer and women's comics historian Trina Robbins lives in San Francisco, California.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Chapter 1 1908p. 7
Chapter 2 Edgewaterp. 25
Chapter 3 Before Nellp. 31
Chapter 4 The Teensp. 41
Chapter 5 The Great Warp. 65
Chapter 6 The Twentiesp. 79
Chapter 7 The Thirtiesp. 113
Afterwordp. 139
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 143