Our first book in the series follows Martyn while she chronicles-- in words and sketches-- the suffragist movement, two political conventions, and the lives of noteworthy women and men during the tumultuous years of America's Progressive Era. Here, you'll find women marching for the vote, child workers dreaming of a better life, teenagers dancing the Bunny Hug in dimly lit clubs, long skirts and big hats. Criminals and politicians, artists and archbishops, corsets and conventions, romance and rebellion--Martyn covered it all, with sensitivity, wit and whimsy.
In his review, Frank Absher, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, writes:
"An entertaining and informative
perspective...Martyn was an excellent writer, but her features gave her a chance to display her secret weapon: an ability to illustrate her subjects in pen and ink...
It is easy to discern in reading these articles that Martyn was quite a character herself...Her descriptive writing style, which relied heavily on her interview subjects and her surroundings, truly set her work apart from the day's standard news stories."