Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Biographies of Note

If you like to read biographies you are not alone. Whether it is an historical figure, someone of significant accomplishment or someone from the world of arts or entertainment there are so many wonderful books from which to choose one to read.

Here are two I  enjoyed that you may have missed...

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood**** by Jill Watts. Amistad Press (2005), Hardcover well written and intriguing. You may remember her as "Mammy" from Gone With the Wind,"  and also recall that she won a best supporting actress for this role becoming the first African American to ever receive an Oscar.  This remarkable woman's story will fascinate you with details about her life as well as Hollywood in the 1930 -1940's.  The book is also a commentary on the life of African - Americans in US in general as well as in show biz during the same time period.

Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist**** by Lois Gordon. Columbia University Press (2007) How could I have missed knowing about this fascinating woman? Heiress to the Cunard shipping fortune with a social conscience who fought against prejudice and injustice before most American’s even realized it existed in our own country. Also worked to gain benefits and rights for factory workers, etc and to help soldiers, etc…A fascinating woman who rubbed elbows with and knew the major “players” of her time period including Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway and Langston Huges.