New York: Hawthorn Books Inc., 1967. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's brown cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Early Hollywood presents the same difficulty as Paradise before the Fall. Not on account of the absolute perfection it represented: no indeed. But because it is almost impossible to imagine that there actually was a time when sex did not exist there." First US edition of English film critic Alexander Walker's interdisciplinary investigation into the creation of iconic female film stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, May Pickford, Mae West, Clara Bow, and Jean Harlow. Using psychology, biography, film history and film criticism, Alexander seeks to answer not necessarily how these women achieved success but why. Walker developed the theme for his book after overhearing a remark made by Jean Cocteau at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival: "The cinema...that temple of sex with its goddesses, its guardians and its victims." Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photos; index. Originally published in the UK in 1966. Bookseller stamp to front free endpaper. Paper flaw to one page. Some creasing and edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #1963