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Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies (Paperback)
Lauren Redniss, acclaimed author of the brilliant biography-in-collage Radioactive, delivers a stunning visual journey through the life of the last Ziegfeld girl, Doris Eaton Travis. Now in paperback for the first time, Century Girl spans the brightest moments in early show business, the major historical landmarks of the 20th century, and the intimate milestones of one woman's long life. Incorporating hundreds of archival photos and personal clippings with inventive line drawings and a compelling, hand-written narrative, Century Girl is a more than a biography, more than a graphic novel, and more than an art book--it is a singularly original and major work of art that Slate magazine calls "a visually dazzling melange . . . unlike anything . . . ever seen before" (Best Books of 2006).
“Striking and unique. . . captivating readers by twining simple, evocative text with a stunning array of images.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography.”
“Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis’s] story.”
“My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”
-Slate (best books of 2006 pick)
“Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes.”
“The opposite of a page-turner: it’s a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight.”
-Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder and Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences
“Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure.”
-Nils Hanson, National Ziegfeld Club
“I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis’s.”
-Maira Kalman, author and illustrator