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Molly Brown : unraveling the myth

by Iversen, Kristen.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction CT275.B7656 I94 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  CT275.B7656 I94 1999
Sewickley Public Library Biography B BROWN 1999
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B BROWN 1999
When Margaret Tobin Brown arrived in New York City shortly after her perilous night in Lifeboat #6, a legend was born. Applauded for her tireless work on behalf of the poorest survivors -- especially women in steerage who had lost all family and possessions, and who spoke no English -- Brown soon became famous throughout the nation and the world. Through magazines, books, a Broadway musical, and a Hollywood movie, she became The Unsinkable Molly Brown, but in the process her life was distorted beyond recognition. Even her name was changed -- she was never known as Molly during her lifetime.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Iversen provides a richly textured portrait of Margaret Tobin Brown, one of the most intriguing passengers to survive the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic. Dubbed the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" by journalists searching for a colorful heroine, Mrs. Brown's real-life story and exploits were distorted and exaggerated beyond all recognition. In order to separate fact from fiction, the author painstakingly reconstructs Brown's youth, her infamous marriage to J. J. Brown, her Titanic adventure, and her twilight years. What emerges is a respectful chronicle of an intelligent and unconventional philanthropist, author, would-be politician, and champion of women's and children's rights. In addition to challenging the formidable myth of Molly Brown, Iversen also offers a piercing analysis of why such a unique, intelligent, and capable woman was stereotyped as a farcical burlesque figure by both the media and genteel society. A must-read for Titanic buffs. --Margaret Flanagan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Molly BrownÄthe gun toting, vulgar saloon-girl-made-goodÄhas become a staple of American myth through the Broadway and Hollywood musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and the hit film Titanic. In this extensively researched biographyÄthe first serious work on BrownÄIversen, an editor at Westcliffe Publishers and an independent scholar, reveals that Brown was a far more fascinating and important figure than her stage or screen portrayals suggest. True to her legend, Margaret Tobin Brown was born in 1867 to poor Irish immigrants in Hannibal, Mo., became the grande dame of Denver society after her husband hit pay dirt in his silver mine and survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was also, however, a prominent philanthropist and social reformer focusing on the rights of children; an ardent suffragist who contemplated several runs for Congress; a frequent liberal spokesperson for women's, labor and race issues; and, late in life, an actress of some note. A devout Catholic, Brown publicly challenged her church's stand on women's suffrage; invited Jewish women to work on her high-society fund-raising events; and, although she was a mine owner, defended the unionization of miners. Iversen is particularly adept at placing Brown in the context of her times, making the most of this opportunity to reexamine the Gilded Age and early 20th century through the lens of feminism and economic and social change. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brown, Margaret Tobin, -- 1867-1932.
Titanic (Steamship)
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography.
Denver (Colo.) -- Biography.
Publisher Boulder, Colo. :Johnson Books,1999
Language English
Description xxv, 294 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-284) and index.
ISBN 1555662366 (cloth : alk. paper)
1555662374 (paper : alk. paper)
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