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Author Tippins, Sherill.

Title February house / Sherill Tippins.

Published Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  810.9974723 TIPP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 317 pages : [8] pages of plate ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I House on the Hill: June-November 1940 1 -- Part II Bawdy House: December 1940-February 1941 113 -- Part III House of Genius: March-December 1941 179.
Summary "February House is the story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but already iconic writers - and the country's best-known burlesque performer - in a house at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn during 1940 and 1941. It was a fevered yearlong party fueled by the appetites of youth and by the shared sense of urgency to take action as artists in the months before America entered the war.".
"In spite of the sheer intensity of life at 7 Middagh, the house was for its residents a creative crucible. Carson McCullers's two masterpieces, The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, were born, bibulously, in Brooklyn. Gypsy Rose Lee, workmanlike by day, party girl by night, wrote her book The G-String Murders in her Middagh Street bedroom. W. H. Auden - who along with Benjamin Britten was being excoriated at home in England for absenting himself from the war - presided over the house like a peevish auntie, collecting rent money and dispensing romantic advice. And yet all the while he was composing some of the most important work of his career." "Sherill Tippins's February House, enlivened by primary sources and an unforgettable story, recreates daily life at the most fertile and improbable live-in salon of the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Bowles, Jane, 1917-1973 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
American literature -- New York (State) -- New York -- History and criticism.
Literary landmarks -- New York (State) -- New York.
Communal living -- New York (State) -- New York.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Intellectual life.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Biography.
ISBN 061841911X