Queen of Vaudeville:

The Story of Eva Tanguay
About the Weird and Slightly Obsessive Author
ANDREW L. ERDMAN has been curiously obsessed with Eva Tanguay since he first came across old newspaper clippings about her while researching his doctoral dissertation. Who was this marvelous entertainer?, he wondered, and then began to wonder even more insistently: How come no one has ever written a book about her?

So he decided to do just that.

It wasn’t easy. Unlike other biography subjects, who may have entire university archives or memorial libraries dedicated to them, Eva Tanguay’s life was found in documents, letters, recordings, newspaper articles, reviews, and even a few old-timer conversations in locations ranging from the wilds of eastern Quebec (where she was born) to the quaint New England town of Holyoke (where she grew up) to the theatrical crucible of New York City (where she made it big) to certain less-glamorous reaches of East Hollywood (where she lived out her last decades). But there was no single repository of Eva Tanguay materials anywhere. (The good people at The Henry Ford research center and museum in Dearborn Michigan have since partially remedied this state of affairs.) This decade-long journey of research and writing is reflected in Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay.

If the legacy-artifacts of Eva Tanguay’s life were in places far afield it is because her life reflected the change, diversity, excitement, upheaval, and, ultimately, constant transition of American society in the first half of the twentieth century.  To tell Eva Tanguay’s story is to tell the story of America—or maybe it’s more accurate to say, of many Americas.

Get Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay, by Andrew L. Erdman (Cornell University Press, $29.95). Purcahse or pre-order now at Cornell University Press or Amazon.

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