Flappers have their place in history

Perhaps more than any image, flappers personified the jazz age. They included the famous Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker, as well as many lesser known names now lost to the froth and freneticism of that era.

Judith Mackrell’s book, Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, brings to life Bankhead, Fitzgerald and Baker, as well as three of their contemporaries: Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, and Tamara de Lempicka in what many reviewers have said is an engaging series of personal stories. The book will be featured at the Wilton Historical Society when its history reading group, Booked for Lunch, meets on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 1:30.

It’s a brown bag lunch event, with the society providing beverages and a dessert.  All are welcome.

The women of the 1920s prefigured the 1960s in their determination to reinvent the way they lived. Flappers is in part a biography of that restless generation: starting with its first fashionable acts of rebellion just before the World War I, and continuing through to the end of the decade when the Wall Street crash signaled another cataclysmic world change. The six women featured exemplified the range and daring of that generation’s spirit.

The program is free, but registration is requested.Email info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257. The historical society is at 224 Danbury Road.

Information: wiltonhistorical.org.