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Books, Music, & DVDs That Showcase the Incredible Literary, Music and Arts Movement of the Jazz Age

 
 

The Modern Era, the Jazz Age, the Roaring 20s—call it what you will, the new ideas and social mores of the 1920s produced some of the most remarkable art, music, and literature of the 20th century in Britain as well as in America. Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, all set the rhythm of the decade, while the bohemian Bloomsbury group put forward modernism and free love, and the newly liberated flapper provided the sex appeal to motivate the nascent fashion industry. Also on the page, Dorothy Parker and the writers of the Algonquian group found something witty to say about practically everything, and Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers gave us some of the most memorable sleuths since Sherlock Holmes.

 
 
 
 
 Player Piano, Vol. 4: Original Compositions of the 1920s
 

Player Piano, Vol. 4: Original Compositions of the 1920s

Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, Ernst Toch, Hans Haass & others.
 
ListPrice: $18.00
Sale Price: $7.98
 
Written specifically to explore and exploit the capabilities of the player piano medium, these ...(Read More)

 
 Great Novels of E.M. Forster
 

Great Novels of E.M. Forster

E.M. Forster. Louis Auchincloss, intro.
 
ListPrice: $30.00
Sale Price: $9.98
 
Interviewed by the BBC on his 80th birthday, the unfailingly modest E.M. Forster said: "I have ...(Read More)

 
 Count Basie: April in Paris
 

Count Basie: April in Paris

Count Basie, piano. Henry Coker, trombone. Joe Newman, trumpet, & others.
 
ListPrice: $19.00
Sale Price: $13.95
 
Recorded in the mid-1950s, this album is named after one of the Basie band's most ...(Read More)

 
 The Very Best of Duke Ellington
 

The Very Best of Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, piano, & His Orchestra.
 
ListPrice: $16.00
Sale Price: $6.98
 
This is an exceptionally generous compilation of the arrangements that set a lofty standard for ...(Read More)

 
 Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 19001939
 

Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 19001939

Virginia Nicholson.
 
ListPrice: $15.99
Sale Price: $11.95
 
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 The Evelyn Waugh Collection: A Handful of Dust; Scoop
 

The Evelyn Waugh Collection: A Handful of Dust; Scoop

Kristin Scott Thomas, James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Michael Maloney, Denholm Elliott & others.
 
ListPrice: $39.99
Sale Price: $14.95
 
An upper-crust British marriage comes undone in 1988's dark comedy A Handful of Dust, ...(Read More)

 
 Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
 

Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Jacqueline Winspear.
 
ListPrice: $25.99
Sale Price: $5.98
 
To the costermongers of Covent Garden, selling fruits and vegetables on the London streets, Eddie ...(Read More)

 
 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Therese Anne Fowler.
 
ListPrice: $15.99
Sale Price: $10.95
 
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club ...(Read More)

 
 Virginia Woolf
 

Virginia Woolf

Mary Ann Caws.
 
ListPrice: $12.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
A leading figure in the Bloomsbury circle, whose brilliant, stylistically innovative novels of the ...(Read More)

 
 The Portable Dorothy Parker
 

The Portable Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker. Marion Meade, ed.
 
ListPrice: $22.00
Sale Price: $15.95
 
The second revision since its original publication in 1944, this sublime collection of the wit and ...(Read More)

 
 
 Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties
 

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

Teresa A. Carbone, ed.
 
ListPrice: $60.00
Sale Price: $24.98
 
In the 1920s American art was deeply influenced by both the joie de vivre of the Jazz Age and the ...(Read More)

 
 The Complete Stories
 

The Complete Stories

Dorothy L. Sayers.
 
ListPrice: $19.99
Sale Price: $14.95
 
Gathered here in one volume are the short stories by "one of the greatest mystery-story ...(Read More)

 
 Mrs. Dalloway
 

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
In Virginia Woolf's masterful 1925 portrait of one day in a woman's life, Clarissa Dalloway ...(Read More)

 
 Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster
 

Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster

Wendy Moffat.
 
ListPrice: $20.00
Sale Price: $4.98
 
With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed novel Maurice in 1970, E.M. Forster ...(Read More)

 
 It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection
 

It's De Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection

Cole Porter with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Lena Horne, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw & His Orchestra & others.
 
Sale Price: $6.95
 
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 The Essential Bessie Smith
 

The Essential Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith, vocals. Clarence Williams, piano. Robert Robbins, violin. Louis Armstrong, cornet, & others.
 
Sale Price: $13.95
 
This two-disc, 36-song set takes this oft-imitated, never surpassed singer from her first ...(Read More)

 
 Love in a Cold Climate
 

Love in a Cold Climate

Nancy Mitford.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $9.95
 
One of Nancy Mitford's most beloved novels, Love in a Cold Climate is a romantic comedy ...(Read More)

 
 The Letters of T.S. Eliot: Volume 2: 19231925
 

The Letters of T.S. Eliot: Volume 2: 19231925

Valerie Eliot & Hugh Haughton, eds.
 
Sale Price: $14.98
 
Covering the early years of T.S. Eliot's editorship of The Criterion and the publication ...(Read More)

 
 The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection
 

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Complete Collection

Ian Carmichael & others.
 
ListPrice: $59.99
Sale Price: $34.95
 
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 Love From Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford
 

Love From Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford

Charlotte Mosley, ed.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
This is a selection from one of the most prolific letter-writers of the 20th century. Nancy Mitford ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Heart of a Goof
 

The Heart of a Goof

P.G. Wodehouse.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
From his favorite chair on the terrace above the ninth hole, the Oldest Member tells a series of ...(Read More)

 
 The Essential George Gershwin
 

The Essential George Gershwin

George Gershwin, Ethel Waters, Billy Holiday, Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, Buffalo Philharmonic & others.
 
ListPrice: $14.00
Sale Price: $11.95
 
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 Daphne
 

Daphne

Geraldine Somerville, Elizabeth McGovern, Janet McTeer & others. Clare Beavan, director.
 
ListPrice: $19.98
Sale Price: $6.98
 
This 2007 BBC biopic explores the secret love life of Daphne du Maurier, author of the celebrated ...(Read More)

 
 Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy
 

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

Ken Follett.
 
ListPrice: $36.00
Sale Price: $19.95
 
Moving from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 Germany to the advent of the Cold War, this second ...(Read More)

 
 A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
 

A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Jacqueline Winspear.
 
ListPrice: $25.99
Sale Price: $5.98
 
In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs's career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Remains of the Day
 

The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro.
 
ListPrice: $15.00
Sale Price: $9.95
 
(Man Booker Prize Winner) Long before Carson, the stoic butler managing Downton Abbey's ...(Read More)

 
 The Very Best of Cole Porter
 

The Very Best of Cole Porter

Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Dean Martin, Aaron Neville, Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday & others.
 
ListPrice: $11.00
Sale Price: $8.95
 
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 Vanessa and Virginia
 

Vanessa and Virginia

Susan Sellers.
 
ListPrice: $23.00
Sale Price: $3.98
 
"You see, even after all these years, I wonder if you really loved me." Vanessa and ...(Read More)

 
 Night and Day: The Cole Porter Songbook
 

Night and Day: The Cole Porter Songbook

Dinah Washington, Shirley Horn, Mel Torme, Helen Merrill, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan & others.
 
ListPrice: $12.00
Sale Price: $9.95
 
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 The Pocket Guide to English Architecture
 

The Pocket Guide to English Architecture

Philip Wilkinson.
 
Sale Price: $5.98
 
A user-friendly guide to English architecture before the mid-20th century, this book is organized ...(Read More)

 
 
 Louis Armstrong: 36 Legendary Songs
 

Louis Armstrong: 36 Legendary Songs

Louis Armstrong, trumpet & vocals.
 
Sale Price: $12.98
 
Collecting three CDs of Armstrong classics (titled Star Power, Jazz Legend, and ...(Read More)

 
 The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Set 1
 

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: Set 1

Ian Carmichael & others. Hugh David & Ronald Wilson, directors.
 
ListPrice: $49.99
Sale Price: $29.95
 
Death hits close to home when Lord Peter's future brother-in-law is murdered and Lord ...(Read More)

 
 Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism
 

Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism

Deborah Lutz.
 
ListPrice: $27.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
In her smart, provocative account of the erotic undercurrent beneath the surface of Victorian ...(Read More)

 
 Bix Beiderbecke, Vol. 1: Singin' the Blues
 

Bix Beiderbecke, Vol. 1: Singin' the Blues

Bix Beiderbecke, cornet & piano. Bill Rank, trombone. Howdy Quicksell, banjo. Bobby Davis, clarinet. Joe Venuti, violin, & others.
 
Sale Price: $6.95
 
Recorded with Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra and the Broadway Bellhops, this CD contains ...(Read More)

 
 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
 

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson & others. Bharat Nalluri, director.
 
Sale Price: $5.98
 
When Miss Pettigrew (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) stumbles upon the chance to become the ...(Read More)

 
 
 I Get a Kick Out of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Vol. 2
 

I Get a Kick Out of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Vol. 2

Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Shirley Horne, Fred Astaire, Blossom Dearie & others.
 
ListPrice: $12.00
Sale Price: $9.95
 
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 The Blot
 

The Blot

Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern & others. Lois Weber, director.
 
ListPrice: $24.98
Sale Price: $5.98
 
During the silent era, Lois Weber (1881–1939) was the leading female filmmaker, writer, and ...(Read More)

 
 The Buccaneers
 

The Buccaneers

Mira Sorvino, Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Rya Kihlstedt, Cheri Lunghi & others. Philip Saville, director.
 
ListPrice: $14.98
Sale Price: $9.95
 
Deemed nouveau riche and shunned by elitist New York society, sisters Nan (Carla Gugino) and ...(Read More)

 
 Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan
 

Neverland: J.M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan

Piers Dudgeon.
 
ListPrice: $15.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
Befriending Daphne Du Maurier as an editor for her book Enchanted Cornwall, Piers Dudgeon ...(Read More)

 
 Blandings Castle ... And Elsewhere: A Blandings Collection
 

Blandings Castle ... And Elsewhere: A Blandings Collection

P.G. Wodehouse.
 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
The ivied walls of Blandings Castle have seldom glowed as sunnily as in the half-dozen stories here ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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