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Scorpion tongues : gossip, celebrity, and American politics, Gail Collins

Label
Scorpion tongues : gossip, celebrity, and American politics
Title
Scorpion tongues
Title remainder
gossip, celebrity, and American politics
Statement of responsibility
Gail Collins
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Scorpion Tongues is look at the game of gossip - and how it has played itself out with tawdry tales about everyone from George Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. Gail Collins, has tracked down a parade of printed innuendo and whispered rumors that provides a revealing view of this irresistible side of American history
  • Scorpion Tongues also shows how the public's fascination with the private lives of movie stars and other entertainers affected how they talked about celebrities with more serious job descriptions - including the tale of a popular magazine that began with a mandate to expose political scandals but quickly shifted to outing gay singers and debriefing prostitutes who serviced a beloved TV star
  • Collins shows that gossip can be as unpredictable as a summer tornado, flattening one reputation while it passes over another with hardly a rustle. One generation's social drinker can be tarred with the reputation of a hopeless alcoholic in the next - a lesson Theodore Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, and a recent defense secretary learned to their sorrow. Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy sailed above the rumors about their extramarital adventures, while Gary Hart's political career sank with his vacation on the Monkey Business
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
306.2/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
E183
LC item number
.C716 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Scorpion tongues : gossip, celebrity, and American politics, Gail Collins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-306) and index
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • The Anxiety of the Moment, 1890-1920
  • Ch. 6.
  • Political Gossip Goes Underground, 1920-1945
  • Ch. 7.
  • The Quiet Years, 1945-1964
  • Ch. 8.
  • The Deluge of Defining Events, 1964-1980
  • Ch. 9.
  • The Institutionalizelion of Gessip, 1980-1992
  • Ch. 1.
  • Ch. 10.
  • Gossip Armageddon
  • Ch. 11.
  • Endless Exposure
  • Introduction
  • Ch. 2.
  • Public and Private Sinning, 1776-1830
  • Ch. 3.
  • Gossip and Mutating Morals, 1830-1880
  • Ch. 4.
  • The Birth of the Celebrity Class, 1880-1900
Control code
37755159
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780688149147
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97040795
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: Molly Ivins Personal Library Collection. Gift of Andrew Ivins, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-022). Markings throughout by Molly Ivins. Hardbound.
Label
Scorpion tongues : gossip, celebrity, and American politics, Gail Collins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-306) and index
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • The Anxiety of the Moment, 1890-1920
  • Ch. 6.
  • Political Gossip Goes Underground, 1920-1945
  • Ch. 7.
  • The Quiet Years, 1945-1964
  • Ch. 8.
  • The Deluge of Defining Events, 1964-1980
  • Ch. 9.
  • The Institutionalizelion of Gessip, 1980-1992
  • Ch. 1.
  • Ch. 10.
  • Gossip Armageddon
  • Ch. 11.
  • Endless Exposure
  • Introduction
  • Ch. 2.
  • Public and Private Sinning, 1776-1830
  • Ch. 3.
  • Gossip and Mutating Morals, 1830-1880
  • Ch. 4.
  • The Birth of the Celebrity Class, 1880-1900
Control code
37755159
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780688149147
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97040795
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Forms part of: Molly Ivins Personal Library Collection. Gift of Andrew Ivins, 2009 (Access. No. 2009-022). Markings throughout by Molly Ivins. Hardbound.

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