Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties. Jane Mansfield, Martha Saxton.
Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties
Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties
Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties

Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's rose cloth, spine and upper board stamped in metallic magenta, pink endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

"She thought she could handle it, but Jayne was never in charge. She didn't understand that excessive exposure to the fantasies of others would permanently change her" (Martha Saxton). Historian Martha Saxton's biography of the short life of infamous actress and singer Jayne Mansfield. Saxton, a gender studies Professor at Amherst College, filters Mansfield's life through a feminist lens, mining the climate of 1950s-era Hollywood and Mansfield's position in it to discuss the relationship women had and were allowed to have with their sexuality at the time, and what that relationship could cost. With 12-page black-and-white photo insert. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1158

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