Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution.

Golden, Eve.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, 2007.
1 online resource (358 pages)

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Castle, Vernon, -- 1887-1918.
Castle, Irene, -- 1893-1969.
Dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Ballroom dancing -- United States -- History.
Ragtime music -- History and criticism.
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Vernon and Irene Castle popularized ragtime dancing in the years just before World War I and made dancing a respectable pastime in America. The whisper-thin, elegant Castles were trendsetters in many ways: they traveled with a black orchestra, had an openly lesbian manager, and were animal-rights advocates decades before it became a public issue. Irene was also a fashion innovator, bobbing her hair ten years before the flapper look of the 1920s became popular. From their marriage in 1911 until 1916, the Castles were the most famous and influential dance team in the world. Their dancing schools and nightclubs were packed with society figures and white-collar workers alike. After their peak of white-hot fame, Vernon enlisted in the Royal Canadian Flying Corps, served at the front lines, and was killed in a 1918 airplane crash. Irene became a movie star and appeared in more than a dozen films between 1917 and 1922. The Castles were depicted in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), but the film omitted most of the interesting and controversial aspects of their lives. They were more complex than posterity would have it: Vernon was charming but irresponsible, Irene was strong-minded but self-centered, and the couple had filed for divorce before Vernon's death (information that has never before been made public). Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution is the fascinating story of a couple who reinvented dance and its place in twentieth-century culture.
Front cover
1. Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty
2. About Town
3. Only Forty-five Minutes from Broadway
4. "We would be much happier if we just relaxed and enjoyed school life
5. "I could tell by looking at him that he was not my cup of tea
6. Zowie, "the Monarch of Mystery
7. "They liked to test out their guns
8. Enfin . . . une Revue
9. "I saw the fat years ahead
10. Everybody's Doing It
11. "Two adolescent palm trees
12. "Gowns are more or less a business with me
13. "The best dancing music in the world
14. "More like a pair of schoolchildren
15. "Syncopation rules the nation
16. "The Most Talked About House in New York
17. "Dancing with Vernon was as easy as swimming with water wings
18. "The spirit of success . . . oozes from these two young people
19. "The Castles Are Coming! Hooray! Hooray!
20. "We were both miserable on those vaudeville tours
21. "Their enthusiastic followers never . . . go to bed at all
22. "Mrs. Castle is exhausted
23. "Castles in the subway,/Castles in the 'L'
24. "Oh, give me a gun and let me run to fight the foreign foe
25. "When I get old I shall be able to tell our children all about the Great War
26. "Kiss all the pets for me, dear
27. "A super motion picture of . . . epoch-making magnificence
28. "He was out to see the Kaiser defeated
29. "An hour's pleasant diversion
30. I Love My Wife, but Oh, You Kid!
31. "Never in my life have I been subjected to such humiliation
32. "His plane dove straight into the ground
33. "Death is nothing to me, sweetheart
34. "Robert was sweet, sympathetic, and besides he did all of my bidding
35. "A well-known dancing dame
36. "Poor Irene Castle. She certainly isn't what she used to be.
37. "Jazs, jazz, jazz! . . . The paradings of savages
38. "To Chicago high society, she was a chorus girl
39. Orphans of the Storm
40. "What do you do for an encore to what they had?
41. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
42. "Isn't old age awful!
Appendix: Stage and Film Appearances of Vernon and Irene Castle
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