Teenage : The Creation of Youth: 1875-1945

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* The inspiration behind the film TEENAGE, narrated by Ben Whishaw and Jena Malone * This is a history never described before - the century and a half of ferment, folly and angst that created a separate Teen Age in Europe and America. We roam London, New York, Paris and Berlin with hooligans and Apaches; explore free love with Rupert Brooke and eternal youth with Peter Pan; we meet flappers and zootsuiters and the Bright Young Things, the unemployoed and the Lost Generation. Meanwhile the book rings with music, from Ragtime to Swing, and the stories come fast and furious, comic, poignant, painfully moving. In 1945, 'the teenager' arrived. This is the story of how we got to that moment.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 42mm | 760g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 1845951468
  • 9781845951467
  • 368,348

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"Savage has produced a book that may well change how people think about teenagers - and prompt other youth culture writers to embark on revisionist epics of their own" -- Andy Beckett * Guardian, Book of the Week * "Savage's England's Dreaming has become the standard work on the subject and his new book deserves a similar accolade... to those of us for whom adolescence already seems like another country, this impressive history serves as a map and reminder" -- Melanie McGrath * Sunday Telegraph * "Hugely enjoyable, absolutely teeming with life and excitement and ideas, it succeeds on every level. His book is as vivid, as brilliant and compelling - and persuasive - as its subject" * GQ * "[Savage] can bring a beguiling blend of gravitas, wit, scholarship, and a slyly appreciative eye for the subversive, to any topic he approaches. Teenage provides a panoramic scope for his talents. He rises to the occasion with massive aplomb... a supremely thorough, assured, affecting and involving work" * Independent * "Jon Savage is a star... necessary and illuminating" * The Times *show more

About Jon Savage

Jon Savage is a critic and writer, author of the acclaimed history of punk, England's Dreaming. He now lives in North Wales.show more

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"Jon Savage is a star... necessary and illuminating"show more

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