Follows the life and career of Sally Benson, acclaimed writer of New Yorker fiction and Hollywood screenplays.
"Impeccably researched and highly entertaining, this long-awaited biography of Sally Benson will find an important place in the history of American theater, film, and belles lettres." - Donald Spoto, biographer of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, and others "Finally a biographer capable of bringing the brilliant and outrageous Sally Benson to life! And what a life it was for a woman, who began a long career writing for the New Yorker in 1929 and Hollywood in the forties. Keefe's vivid account, which draws on family papers as it traces Benson's personal and professional ups and downs, is also the story of a generation of young women eager to balance work and family. Readers who know Benson primarily from the film Meet Me in St. Louis will come to know her as a stylist every bit as talented as Dorothy Parker and with the same wonderful flair." - Susan Goodman, author of Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857-1925
Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part I 1. The Writer's Origins: St. Louis, Missouri-The Smith Family Album-1909 2. Manhattan Daze: 1909-1912 3. Summer of Discontent: 1912 4. Houston: 1912-1913 5. Rising Spirits: Home Again-1913-1915 6. A World at War: Arms and the Men-Prelude to a Marriage-1915-1918 7. Wedding Bells: 1919-1922 8. Second Honeymoon: 1922 9. Back to Reality: 1922-1926 Part II 10. A Wider World Beckons: The First Casual Affair-1927 11. Climbing the Career Ladder: Benson at The New Yorker-1928-1929 12. Public Success and Private Sorrow: 1930-1931 13. The Writer Makes Strides: 1932-1933 14. Refining Her Vision: 1933-1934 15. Perfecting Her Craft: 1934-1935 16. Affairs, Financial and Other: 1936 17. Taking Charge and Branching Out: 1937 18. Becoming an Entrepreneur: 1938 19. A World at War, Turmoil at Home: 1939-1940 20. Behind the Scene: 1940 21. Affairs, Family and Other: 1941 Part III 22. Becoming a Celebrity: 1942 23. The War Escalates at Home and Abroad: 1942 24. The World at War, Babe and Ham: 1943 25. Meet Me in St. Louis-the Fiction, the Sources-a Look Back: 1941-1942 26. The Making of Meet Me in St. Louis: 1943-1944 27. Hollywood, Pinewood, Broadway, and Beyond: 1947-1957 Epilogue Appendix A. Genealogical Guide Appendix B. The Smiths: A Family History Notes Bibliography Index
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 1st June 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.74