Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Anita Loos.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady. Intimately Illustrated by Ralph Barton

New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. Later printing. Small octavo, publisher's blue cloth over green and white patterned paper-covered boards, spine gilt, printed paper label mounted to upper board.

Loos's Jazz Age novel, recounting in diary form the adventures of fun-loving yet shrewd flapper Lorelei Lee: "So the reason I thought I would take luncheon at the Ritz was because Mr. Chaplin is at the Ritz and I always like to renew old acquaintances, because I met Mr. Chaplin once when we were both working on the same lot in Hollywood and I am sure he would remember me. Gentlmen always seem to remember blondes." Dubbed the "soubrette of satire," Loos wrote hundreds of film treatments and screenplays for the likes of D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford in the early days of Hollywood. Her bestselling novel, based loosely on her circle of friends and acquaintances, appeared originally as a series of sketches in Harper's Bazaar, and was quickly adapted into a popular play, a film (now lost) and a Broadway musical. A second film version (1953) starred Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. With 32 black-and-white illustrations, eight full-page, by prolific illustrator Barton, whose work appeared regularly in Harper's, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Collier's. This is the tenth printing, published March 1926, just five months after the first. Without scarce dust jacket. Spine slightly cocked, gilt faded, some edgewear to boards and corners. Light foxing and creasing to paper label. Good. Item #148


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