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Maiden voyages : magnificent ocean liners and the women who traveled and worked aboard them / Sian Evans.

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"In an engaging and anecdotal social history, Maiden Voyages explores how women's lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America. During the early twentieth century, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women, whose lives were transformed by their journeys between the Old World and the New. Some travelled for leisure, some for work; others to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members whose stories have mostly remained untold-until now. Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women as they crossed the Atlantic. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. In first class you'll meet A-listers like Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker; the second class carried a new generation of professional and independent women, like pioneering interior designer Sibyl Colefax. Down in steerage, you'll follow the journey of emigre Maria Riffelmacher as she escapes poverty in Europe. Bustling between decks is a crew of female workers, including Violet "The Unsinkable Stewardess" Jessop, who survived the Titanic disaster. Entertaining and informative, Maiden Voyages captures the golden age of ocean liners through the stories of the women whose transatlantic journeys changed the shape of society on both sides of the globe." --Provided by publisher.
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Baker County Library 387.243209252 .E929m 2021 (Text) 37814003423549 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 09/23/2021 Checked out 11/03/2021
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 387.2 E92 (Text) 35178001870735 New Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 08/25/2021 Available -
Ontario Community Library 920 EVANS (Text) 33330004598043 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_6months 09/01/2021 Checked out 10/22/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250246462
  • ISBN: 1250246466
  • Physical Description: xi, 354 pages, 16 unnumbered plates of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-340) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Dramatis personae. Josephine Baker (1906-75) -- Tallulah Bankhead (1902-68) -- Victoria Drummond, MBE (1894-1978) -- Thelma Furness (1904-70) -- Martha Gellhorn (1908-98) -- Hilda James (1904-82) -- Violet Jessop (1887-1971) -- Nin Kilburn -- Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) -- Mary Anne MacLeod (1912-2000) -- Maida Nixson (b?-1954) -- Marie Riffelmacher -- Edith Sowerbutts (1896-1992) -- Cresting the waves -- Floating palaces and the "unsinkable" Violet Jessop -- From the Ritz to the Armistice -- Sail away: post-war migration and the escape from poverty -- The Roaring Twenties -- Edith Sowerbutts and her contemporaries -- For leisure and pleasure -- Depression and determination -- The slide to war -- Women under fire -- Romance, repatriation and recovery -- Sailing into the sunset -- Ships' names by 'Lucio'.
Summary, etc.:
"In an engaging and anecdotal social history, Maiden Voyages explores how women's lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America. During the early twentieth century, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women, whose lives were transformed by their journeys between the Old World and the New. Some travelled for leisure, some for work; others to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members whose stories have mostly remained untold-until now. Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women as they crossed the Atlantic. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. In first class you'll meet A-listers like Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker; the second class carried a new generation of professional and independent women, like pioneering interior designer Sibyl Colefax. Down in steerage, you'll follow the journey of emigre Maria Riffelmacher as she escapes poverty in Europe. Bustling between decks is a crew of female workers, including Violet "The Unsinkable Stewardess" Jessop, who survived the Titanic disaster. Entertaining and informative, Maiden Voyages captures the golden age of ocean liners through the stories of the women whose transatlantic journeys changed the shape of society on both sides of the globe." --Provided by publisher.
Original Version Note:
Originally published: Great Britain : Two Roads, an imprint of John Murray Press, an Hachette UK company, [2020]
Subject: Ocean liner passengers > North Atlantic Ocean > Biography.
Women merchant mariners > North Atlantic Ocean > Biography.
Ocean liners > North Atlantic Ocean > History.
Women travelers > History > 20th century.
Transatlantic voyages > History > 20th century.
Seafaring life.
Genre: Biographies.

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