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    The G-String Murders: Bumps, Grinds and Deadly Mayhem from the Queen of Burlesque (Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp) (Paperback) By (author) Gypsy Rose Lee, Afterword by Rachel Shteir

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    DescriptionA mystery set in the underworld of burlesque theater, "The G-String Murders" was penned in 1941 by the legendary queen of the stripteasers--the witty and wisecracking Gypsy Rose Lee. Narrating a twisted tale of a backstage double murder, Lee provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of burlesque, richly populated by the likes of strippers Lolita LaVerne and Gee Gee Graham, comic Biff Brannigan and Siggy the g-string salesman. This is a world where women struggle to earn a living performing bumps and grinds, have gangster boyfriends, sip beer between acts and pay their own way at dinner.The story unfolds in a New York theater modeled on the legendary Minsky's, prone to raids by corrupt city cops and fierce competition among strippers. When one performer is found strangled with a g-string, no one is above suspicion. But when a second murder follows, the trail--and the action--really heats up. In the police procedural that follows, a host of clueless coppers faces off against the theater's tough-talking guys and dolls, and it's clear that Gypsy and her cohorts will have to crack the case themselves.The basis of the 1943 film "Lady of Burlesque" starring Barbara Stanwyck, "The G-String Murders" was the first of two murder mysteries written by Gypsy Rose Lee. A natural-born raconteur, Lee also contributed short pieces to "The New Yorker" and hosted her own television talk show; even her unparalleled stardom in the burlesque world was attributed more to her witty banter than to her risque moves. It is this fabled wit, along with Gypsy's brassy sociology, that make "The G-String Murders" a must-read primer of sex, commerce and urban living.Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of women's writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: "Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; In a Lonely Place; Laura; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks."


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    Title
    The G-String Murders
    Subtitle
    Bumps, Grinds and Deadly Mayhem from the Queen of Burlesque
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gypsy Rose Lee, Afterword by Rachel Shteir
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 243
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 315 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781558615038
    ISBN 10: 1558615032
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.52
    BIC subject category V2: FF
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    BIC E4L: CRI
    LC subject heading: ,
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 550
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 75
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: FM
    Libri: I-FM
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES, GEOG/NEWYRK, CHRN/1930
    DC22: 813/.52
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC022020
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC022000, FIC022010
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.2.2.0.0
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3523.E3324 G2 2005
    Thema V1.0: FF, FFL
    Edition statement
    Feminist Press.
    Publisher
    Feminist Press at The City University of New York
    Imprint name
    Feminist Press at The City University of New York
    Publication date
    15 June 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970) was the most acclaimed strip tease artist of her day. She later made 12 films and hosted her own TV show. Her autobiography GYPSY spawned the famed musical and two film versions. She also wrote a sequel to G-STRING MURDERS, MOTHERS FINDS A BODY, and contributed occasional pieces to (Yes!) The New Yorker. Rachel Shteir is the author of STRIPTEASE: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE GIRLIE SHOW, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She teaches in the Theater Department at DePaul University in Chicago.