Lorelei Lee, a blonde flapper who narrates Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in the form of a diary, complete with spelling and grammatical errors, is one of the most irresistible and memorable characters in American fiction. Acquitted of crimes by an all-male jury in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lorelei moves to Hollywood and works in the movies where she meets Gus Eisman, a Chicago businessman, who installs her in a New York apartment. During a trip that Eisman sponsors Lorelei and her friend Dorothy spend their time Ritzing around the Continent on a gold-digging escapade that is full of intrigue, hilarity, surprise, and charm.
Anita Loos (1888–1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright, and author. In 1912, she became the first female staff scriptwriter in Hollywood, when D. W. Griffith put her on the payroll at Triangle Film Corporation where she wrote movie scripts and supplied film scenarios for Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks. She is best known for her 1925 comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which was an instant best seller in thirteen languages (produced as a play in 1926). It was followed by its sequel, But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes. Her other plays include The Whole Town’s Talking, The Fall of Eve, The Social Register, Happy Birthday, Gigi, The Amazing Adèle, Chéri, and Gogo Love You.
“I am now reading the great American novel (at last!) and I want to know if…you know the young woman who wrote it, who must be a genius.” —Edith Wharton
“A gorgeously smart and intelligent piece of work.”— The New York Times
Price: $10.95 (paperback) | $3.99 (ebook)
Pages: 127 pages
Book dimensions: 5.25 x 0.33 x 8 in
Published: June 30, 2021