The Feminine Fifties

The Feminine Fifties

The Feminine Fifties

The Feminine Fifties

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It seems to be the fashion now to write history in decade units--a new genre perhaps. Heartily am I in favor of it. There is need in these journalistic, surface- skimming days for intense study of narrowly restricted areas, for grubbing work to expose the tap-roots of movements and things. Already have I collected a shelfful of these restricted studies, and, for the most part, they have proved to be helpful authorities. Humorous, however, I have found several of them, at least humorous when read simply by title. For instance, yesterday I read a treatment of "The Yellow Nineties," remembering all the time that the decade had once been "mauve," and that its sister, the seventies, had been ruled by a competent judge to be "brown." The last ten years of the century have been the favorite hunting-grounds of this new literary school dubbed by me the "decade-ents." There have been studies of "the gay nineties," "the naughty nineties," and "the romantic nineties." To Irving Bacheller it was "the highbrow decade." Other areas have received similar treatment.

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