Century Girl (Hardcover)

100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies

By Lauren Redniss

It Books, 9780060853334, 208pp.

Publication Date: October 24, 2006

List Price: 34.95*
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Description

Lauren Redniss, acclaimed author of the brilliant biography-in-collage Radioactive, delivers a stunning visual journey through the life of the last Ziegfeld girl, Doris Eaton Travis. Now in paperback for the first time, Century Girl spans the brightest moments in early show business, the major historical landmarks of the 20th century, and the intimate milestones of one woman’s long life. Incorporating hundreds of archival photos and personal clippings with inventive line drawings and a compelling, hand-written narrative, Century Girl is a more than a biography, more than a graphic novel, and more than an art book—it is a singularly original and major work of art that Slate magazine calls “a visually dazzling mélange . . . unlike anything . . . ever seen before” (Best Books of 2006).


About the Author

Lauren Redniss is the author of Century Girl: 100 years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies and Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for non fiction. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She was a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library in 2008-2009 and became a New York Institute for the Humanities fellow in 2010. Beginning in 2012, she will be artist-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.



Praise For Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies

“Striking and unique. . . captivating readers by twining simple, evocative text with a stunning array of images.”

“With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography.”

“Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis’s] story.”

“My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”

“Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes.”

“The opposite of a page-turner: it’s a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight.”

“Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure.”

“I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis’s.”