The G-string Murders

The G-string Murders

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A 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.

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; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; Laura; The Man Who Loved His Wife; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Return to Lesbos; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Stella Dallas; Women's Barracks.

Legendary stripper serves up a witty whodunit that's also a colorful portrait of the burlesque demimonde.

Publisher: New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2005
Edition: 1st Feminist Press ed
ISBN: 9781558615045
Characteristics: xvi, 243 p. ; 21 cm

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Sep 09, 2013

Gypsy Rose Lee was no slouch at the typewriter. Her autobiography is pretty riveting. This tale of murder and burlesque is at it's most interesting as a diary, from the perspective of a performer in the middle of a run at a run-down burlesque theater, in the well worn edge of a grumpy mid-century American city. The murder-suspense plot is grafted on to the better writing, descriptions of practical women, working with what they have got, to eke out a living in what, at the time, was a pretty shabby trade. Burlesque was considered a pretty low-class form of entertainment when this was written, and the dancers and comics who fill the stage here seem to me mostly working to hold each other up, to keep the show going and the paychecks coming. You get the feeling that the popularity of the trade is fading, that they all remember better times!


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