New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. 1st US Edition. Small quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated glossy stiff paper wraps.
"In the beginning was the American girl—the squaw, silent by some teepee. Long after she was gone, the white man decided to recreate the American Girl, and she too was silent, on the screen." First US edition of British journalist, critic, and self-described "militant feminist" Julie Burchill's book of feminist film criticism. The work that introduced her to an American readership, Burchill's searing assessment of the role of the starlet in cinema exposes the moral and ethical ambiguities between the imaginary and the real, as well as the actress and the creator. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white filmstills and photos. Published simultaneously in the UK. Scuffing to bottom edge of textblock, some edgewear. Very good. Item #2311