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New Releases for Oct 18: Women in the Arts, Mystery, Circus

Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque: Essays on Influential Artists, Writers and Performers by Paul Fryer

This collection of new essays explores the role played by women practitioners in the arts during the period often referred to as the Belle Epoque, a turn of the century period in which the modern media (audio and film recording, broadcasting, etc.) began to become a reality.


Mary Elizabeth Braddon: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Anne-Marie Beller

An important figure in the development of crime fiction, Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915) wrote more than 80 novels, numerous plays, poems, essays and short stories, and edited two magazines during her 55-year literary career.


Women of the American Circus, 1880–1940 by Katherine H. Adams

This book, using sources such as diaries, autobiographies, newspaper accounts, films, posters, and route books, first considers the popular media’s presentation of these performers as unnatural and scandalous—as well as romantic and thrilling. Next are the stories told by circus women, which contradict and complicate other versions of their lives.