Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Signed by Anita Loos
[Signed] Loos, Anita. Gentleman Prefer Blondes, The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady. Ten Printing in a Thirteenth Printing Jacket. 1926. Book and dust jacket are both in good condition—covers show moderate wear; pages show light soiling and discoloration due to age; and jacket shows fading, repaired tears, and mild fraying. Book is signed, “For Dave Cladfelter, Anita Loos.” Illustration by Ralph Barton.
This clever satire that eventually became a star-vehicle for Marilyn Monroe was one of the best-selling books of 1920s. It was also critically acclaimed. Those singing its praises included Edith Wharton and James Joyce. Peppered with 1920s slang, the narration is from the perspective of an American flapper whose romantic life never veers too far from her financial desires, leading to a series of adventures both stateside and in Europe."Kissing your hand may make you feel very good but a diamond bracelet lasts forever.”