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Movie Mavens: US Newspaper Women Take On the Movies, 1914-1923
edited by Richard Abel
contributions by Mildred Joclyn, Oma Moody Lawrence, Mae Tinee, Janet Flanner, Genevieve Harris, Charlotte S. Kelly, Marjorie Daw, Virginia Tracy, Rae McRae, Virginia Dale, Harriette Underhill, Alberta Hartley, Grace Kingsley, Kitty Kelly, Charlotta Bass, Louella O. Parsons, Esther Hoffman, "The Film Girl" and Dorothy Day
introduction by Richard Abel
University of Illinois Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-0-252-04397-0 | Paper: 978-0-252-08604-5 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05290-3
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.75
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.4301

During the early era of cinema, moviegoers turned to women editors and writers for the latest on everyone's favorite stars, films, and filmmakers. Richard Abel returns these women to film history with an anthology of reviews, articles, and other works. Drawn from newspapers of the time, the selections show how columnists like Kitty Kelly, Mae Tinee, Louella Parsons, and Genevieve Harris wrote directly to female readers. They also profiled women working in jobs like scenario writer and film editor and noted the industry's willingness to hire women. Sharp wit and frank opinions entertained and informed a wide readership hungry for news about the movies but also about women on both sides of the camera. Abel supplements the texts with hard-to-find biographical information and provides context on the newspapers and silent-era movie industry as well as on the professionals and films highlighted by these writers. 

An invaluable collection of rare archival sources, Movie Mavens reveals women's essential contribution to the creation of American film culture.

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