By Maryellen V. Keefe
In Casual Affairs, Maryellen V. Keefe vividly follows the existence and occupation of Sally Benson, the New Yorker author remembered via generations of moviegoers for Meet Me in St. Louis, the movie that introduced her relatives to existence. Keefe lines Benson’s existence from her youth in St. Louis to marriage and motherhood to her award-winning fiction profession and her good fortune as a Hollywood screenwriter. in the course of the Jazz Age and into the Nineteen Thirties and ’40s, Benson negotiated the transition from domesticity to undefined, changing into a full-fledged profession lady whereas juggling her tasks as a spouse and mom and indulging in numerous “quiet little affairs.” She succeeded early in a occupation ruled by means of males, forging her means in a mostly male international and profitable the aid and friendship of comrades and editors. Benson tested herself as a author recognized for brutally sincere pictures of middle-class ladies very like herself.
“Impeccably researched and hugely wonderful, this long-awaited biography of Sally Benson will locate a big position within the heritage of yank theater, movie, and belles lettres.” — Donald Spoto, biographer of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, and others
“Finally a biographer able to bringing the intense and outrageous Sally Benson to existence! And what a existence it used to be for a lady, who begun an extended profession writing for the New Yorker in 1929 and Hollywood within the forties. Keefe’s brilliant account, which pulls on relations papers because it lines Benson’s own ups and downs, can also be the tale of a new release of younger girls wanting to stability paintings and relations. Readers who comprehend Benson basically from the movie Meet Me in St. Louis will come to understand her as a stylist every piece as proficient as Dorothy Parker and with a similar amazing flair.” — Susan Goodman, writer of Republic of phrases: The Atlantic per month and Its Writers, 1857–1925
Maryellen V. Keefe is affiliate Professor of English at SUNY Maritime collage and the writer of St. Angela Merici: major humans to God.
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