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Author Douglas, Ann, 1942-
Title Terrible honesty : mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s / Ann Douglas.
Imprint New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1995.
Edition First edition.

Author Douglas, Ann, 1942-
Subject Arts, American -- New York (State) -- New York.
Arts, American -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) -- Intellectual life.
New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life.
Description xiii, 605 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-326) and index.
Discography: p. 575.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 485-575) and index.
ISBN 0374116202
OCLC # 30074077
Table of Contents
 Introduction: Orphans: Loss and Liberation3
Pt. 1Setting the Stage: The Players and the Script 
 1White Manhattan in the Age of "Terrible Honesty"31
   "The Awful Truth"31
   "Power's Script"40
   "It is Drama or it is Nothing"55
   Life in the Spotlight62
 2Black Manhattan Wearing the Mask73
   The Minstrel Tradition and "The Coon Age"73
   A Generation Not Lost but Found79
   Role-Playing and Disguise98
 3Offstage Influences: Freud, James, and Stein108
   Outside Insiders108
   New York Ties117
   Rival Authorities129
   Mutual Mind Readers143
 4"You are about to discover yourselves"149
   "A Kind of Magic"149
   "Strike through the pasteboard mask"155
   Modern Mania167
Pt. 2War and Murder 
 5The Culture of Momentum179
   Ending Cultural Lag179
   A New Imperialism184
   Literary Independence193
   A World Off-Track202
   American Repatriation213
 6The "Dark Legend" of Matricide217
   Maternal Rebuke and Filial Revolt217
   Dismembering the Mother225
   The Mother's Return233
   Founding Fathers and Titanesses239
   Gender Collaboration246
 7"Black Man and White Ladyship"254
   Woman Suffrage and the Black Vote254
   The Family Romance Rewritten266
   "Taking up residence in the Black Belt"272
   White Godparents, Black Authors282
   The Benefits of Matricide292
Pt. 3Siblings and Mongrels 
 8Taking Harlem303
   The Negro and the Immigrant: Finding a Homeland303
   Political Options312
   The Silent Protest Parade324
   The Negro Digs Up His Black-and-White Past331
   The Sleeping Giant Is the Harlem Negro344
 9Ragging and Slanging: Black-and-White Art346
   Performing for the World: American Parody346
   Black Art in Whiteface354
   Black Originals364
   Getting the Joke376
 10Singing the Blues387
   The Development of an American Folk Art387
   Black "Terrible Honesty": Reading the Bible395
   Upward and Downward Mobility in the Blues407
   Media Culture and Folk Culture: Instant Appropriation419
   Performance and Instant Assimilation426
 11Skyscrapers, Airplanes, and Airmindedness: "The Necessary Angel"434
   Manhattan Rising434
   American Masquerade446
   The Rising Generation454
 Epilogue Descent: "I Shall Be More Blessed than Damned"463
 Bibliographical Essay and Selected Discography485

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