The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern by Edward White

By Edward White

A revealing biography of the influential and debatable cultural titan who embodied an era

New York urban within the early 20th century was once a hotbed of vice and creativity, and the critic, novelist, and photographer Carl Van Vechten was once on the heart of all of it. The Tastemaker explores the various lives of the era’s so much influential cultural impresario: the critic who introduced Gertrude Stein to the nation’s recognition; the consumer of the Harlem Renaissance; the photographer who captured the age’s icons; and the novelist who created a number of the Jazz Age’s so much salacious tales. A confidant of Langston Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Van Vechten hung out with the Twenties ny demimonde, discovering himself in Harlem jazz golf equipment, Hell’s Kitchen speakeasies, and the Greenwich Village underground homosexual scene.
Edward White’s revealing biography depicts a debatable determine who outlined an age. Embodying some of the contradictions of contemporary the United States, Van Vechten was once a faithful husband with a coterie of boys by means of his aspect, a supporter of adverse paintings who additionally enjoyed lowbrow leisure, and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance who believed in racial distinction. the 1st complete biography of this nice American unique in approximately part a century, The Tastemaker encompasses its subject’s inner most fears and longings in addition to raucous events fueled by way of booze and lust. it's a extraordinary portrait of a guy whose courageous trips throughout obstacles of race, sexuality, and flavor helped make the USA absolutely sleek.

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