[Item #6316] Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne. James Gavin, Lena Horne.
Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne
Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne
Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne
Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

ISBN: 9780743271431
New York, NY: Atria Books, 2009. First Edition. Hardcover. “The publicity extolled [Lena Horne] as a black woman who battled racism and crushing loss with ultimate dignity, while conquering almost every corner of white-dominated show business–Hollywood, Las Vegas, Broadway. In an age when black film actresses were confined either to low-budget “race movies” or to playing maids or whores, Horne was the screen’s first Negro goddess and bowed to no one. Regal and classy, she helped redefine white America's image of the black female.” (Pg.1) There is perhaps no better – or very few better – introductions to African-American icon Lena Horne (1917-2010) than what author James Gavin (b.1964) presents here. Characteristic to the rest of Gavin’s work, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne pays proper dues to its subject, remaining accurately biographical and narratively compelling. Gavin takes us curious onlookers to the segregated scene of New York’s Cotton Club, to the backdrops of Hollywood studios, all the way to the glitz and glam of Horne’s time in Vegas. Lena Horne, as Gavin beautifully explained in the quoted excerpt, was a certified superpower in 1940’s and 50’s Hollywood, not just because she was splendid, spectacular, awe-inspiring but because she was all of those things in a black woman’s body – something White Americans and popular media culture still seem to have a problem with. The histories of African-American icons like Lena Horne are integral to the histories of other African-American icons like Aretha Franklin, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, and even contemporary legends, some still in the making, like Viola Davis, Lupita Amondi Nyong'o, Beyoncé, etc. and the list is ever-growing! A powerful and insightful retelling of an iconic Hollywood Star's life, and a real emblem of African-American and Black excellence. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with identical copyright on back flap): “First Atria Books hardcover edition June 2009,” as stated on copyright page, first printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book is in Very-Fine-verging-on-As-New. Dust jacket is similarly Very Fine with very minor bumping around corners. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6316]

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