Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art

3.59 avg rating
( 376 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060778019: Holy Skirts: A Novel of a Flamboyant Woman Who Risked All for Art

National Book Award Finalist

No one in 1917 New York had ever encountered a woman like the Bar-oness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven -- poet, artist, proto-punk rocker, sexual libertine, fashion avatar, and unrepentant troublemaker. When she wasn't stalking the streets of Greenwich Village wearing a brassiere made from tomato cans, she was enthusiastically declaiming her poems to sailors in beer halls or posing nude for Man Ray or Marcel Duchamp. In an era of brutal war, technological innovation, and cataclysmic change, the Baroness had resolved to create her own destiny -- taking the center of the Dadaist circle, breaking every bond of female propriety . . . and transforming herself into a living, breathing work of art.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

René Steinke is the author of The Fires. She is the editor in chief of The Literary Review and teaches creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

From Publishers Weekly:

Literary Review editor Steinke's second novel (after The Fires) is a lively, sympathetic fictionalized account of the true adventures of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, a poet, artist's model and friend of Marcel Duchamp whose irrepressible life bordered on the fashionably sordid. Fleeing her burgher home in Swinemünde, Germany, at age 19 for the liberation—and poverty—of Berlin circa 1904, Elsa learns early to lie about her past and dress outrageously (often in male clothing), attracting numerous men who provide entrée to high society. Three husbands determine the direction of her life: the first, August, is an effete, hashish-smoking architect; the second, his best friend, Franz, is a charming, tortured poet and con man who brings Elsa to New York only to desert her; and the last is a German baron who gambles away his fortune and abandons her as well. Yet Elsa is an intrepid heroine who continually rises from her own ashes, muscling her way into artists' parties with bon mots and conversation-stopping "self-apparel pieces." Reading an account of an interior life that is not entirely fictional and not entirely factual can be disorienting, but Steinke shows palpable admiration and respect for her proto-feminist protagonist. This is an intelligent, spirited work that stimulates interest in the baroness's work and times.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Steinke, Rene
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EY82M006SQ7

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
0.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.63
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Steinke, Rene
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
scafurobooks
(Hatchville, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060778016 New softcover book. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1004200

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
0.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Steinke, Rene
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Brats Bargain Books
(Waresboro, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060778016 12+ Year Old paperback book-Never Read-may have light shelf or handling wear-may have tanned pages due to age-has a price sticker or price written inside front or back cover-publishers mark-Good Copy- I ship FAST with FREE tracking!!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU000036581

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
4.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.46
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Steinke, Rene
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2006. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780060778019

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Rene Steinke
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. No one in 1917 New York had ever encountered a woman like the Bar-oness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven -- poet, artist, proto-punk rocker, sexual libertine, fashion avatar, and unrepentant troublemaker. When she wasn t stalking the streets of Greenwich Village wearing a brassiere made from tomato cans, she was enthusiastically declaiming her poems to sailors in beer halls or posing nude for Man Ray or Marcel Duchamp. In an era of brutal war, technological innovation, and cataclysmic change, the Baroness had resolved to create her own destiny -- taking the center of the Dadaist circle, breaking every bond of female propriety . . . and transforming herself into a living, breathing work of art. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780060778019

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Rene Steinke
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. No one in 1917 New York had ever encountered a woman like the Bar-oness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven -- poet, artist, proto-punk rocker, sexual libertine, fashion avatar, and unrepentant troublemaker. When she wasn t stalking the streets of Greenwich Village wearing a brassiere made from tomato cans, she was enthusiastically declaiming her poems to sailors in beer halls or posing nude for Man Ray or Marcel Duchamp. In an era of brutal war, technological innovation, and cataclysmic change, the Baroness had resolved to create her own destiny -- taking the center of the Dadaist circle, breaking every bond of female propriety . . . and transforming herself into a living, breathing work of art. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780060778019

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Steinke, Rene
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060778016 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132260102

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Steinke, Rene
Published by Harper Perennial (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0060778016

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Steinke, Rene
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060778016. Bookseller Inventory # Z0060778016ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Steinke, Rene
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0060778016 ISBN 13: 9780060778019
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0060778016. Bookseller Inventory # Z0060778016ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book