There is nothing like a dame, exuberantly declares the song from the multicultural world of "South Pacific", and proclaims, too, that a dame is a specific American creation, one of the things worth fighting for in our culture. This book validates that claim. It celebrates the fast-talking dames of thirties and forties screen comedy, women of lively wit and brash speech who became the most impressive model of indepedent, articulate American womanhood. Coming of age during the depression, they were quick on the uptake and hardly ever downbeat. They seemed to know what to say and when to say it. They weren't afraid of slang nor shy of the truth. In their fast and breezy talk seemed to lie the secret of happiness, but also the key to reality.
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Selected as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFrom the Inside Flap:
"A smart book about very smart women."—Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly; "Brief quotation can do only partial justice to the loving acuity with which DiBattista considers this band of admirable women, who give as good as they get, if not a great deal more."—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review; "A reverent reading of the screwball and romantic comedies of the 1930s and ’40s and the leading ladies who brought them to life."—Darcy Cosper, Variety; "A terrific and valuable book."—Sabine Reichel , Los Angeles Times Book Review (front cover); "This book overflows with so many superb come-backs and pub-downs as almost to constitute an anthology of one-liners . . . captivating."—Sunday Telegraph
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