VFWhen I was in college I worked in the stacks of one of the largest libraries in the world. I loved that job and I loved having access to millions of books and periodicals in the days before the internet brought it all to our fingertips. I spent a lot of my time looking at the bound volumes of old magazines. One of my favorites was Vanity Fair. I would sit for hours reading the magazine, perusing the advertisements and laughing at the cartoons.

Now, as Vanity Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary, the editors are releasing all sorts of compilations from their huge catalog and I love it. In Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair, we are treated to some great pieces from the golden age of the magazine and popular literature in the US.

About Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair: “In honor of the 100th anniversary of Vanity Fair magazine, Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells celebrates the publication’s astonishing early catalogue of writers, with works by Dorothy Parker, Noël Coward, P. G. Wodehouse, Jean Cocteau, Colette, Gertrude Stein, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sherwood Anderson, Robert Benchley, Langston Hughes—and many others. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter introduces these fabulous pieces written between 1913 and 1936, when the magazine published a murderers’ row of the world’s leading literary lights. Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells features great writers on great topics, including F. Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, Clarence Darrow on equality, D. H. Lawrence on women, e.e. cummings on Calvin Coolidge, John Maynard Keynes on the collapse in money value, Thomas Mann on how films move the human heart, Alexander Woollcott on Harpo Marx, Carl Sandburg on Charlie Chaplin, Djuna Barnes on James Joyce, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., on Joan Crawford, and Dorothy Parker on a host of topics ranging from why she hates actresses to why she hasn’t married.”

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells is the type of book you can keep on the bed table and pick up any time and find something great to fill a few spare moments or many hours.

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.