But Gentleman Marry Brunettes by Anita Loos. 1928 first edition.


Written by Anita Loos. Illustrated by Ralph Barton. First edition, 1928. Boni & Liveright. New York.

"I am going to begin a diary again, because I have quite a little time on my hands, with nothing to do for quite a time. I mean, in the first place I am full of ambitions and I think that practically every married girl ought to have a career if she is wealthy enough to have a home life carried on by the servants. Especially if a girl is married to a husband like Henry. Because Henry is quite a homebody and, if a girl was a homebody too, she would encounter him quite often. So that is why I try to do something in Life, and not let everything stop just because I have married the One of my choice. But I always believe in knowing several different kinds of people, and as long as my husband is of the wealthy classes, I prefer to meet brainy gentlemen who have got ideas on the outside. So I am practically always picking up something, an then when I go back and encounter Henry, I always have some new remark, or other, to make. For if Henry and I spent all of our time together neither of our ideas would be so bright. And it is bright ideas that keep the home fires burning, and prevent a divorce from taking all of the bloom off Romance."

But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is the sequel to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, published in 1927. The story continues to follow the escapades of Lorelei Lee and her friend Dorothy Shaw. This time, the narrative focuses on Dorothy, a vivacious and talented young woman with a colorful past in a carnival company. As she navigates the complexities of New York City and the pursuit of a career in the Ziegfeld Follies, Dorothy's journey is marked by wit, independence, and a satirical take on relationships and social norms of the era.

Anita Loos (1888 - 1981), born in California, became a pioneering figure in early Hollywood. She holds the distinction of being the first female staff screenwriter in Hollywood, achieved in 1912 when D. W. Griffith hired her at Triangle Film Corporation. Loos' literary prowess shone with her 1925 comic novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which became a bestseller adapted into a Broadway play and later, into iconic films. Her career spanned several decades, during which she crafted numerous screenplays, novels, and plays, leaving an indelible mark on American literature and cinema.

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Condition: Very Good. Missing dust jacket. Illustrated black and white cover boards: Light shelf wear; bumped at the corners; on the front, soiling at lower right corner, scuffed along fore edge; on the back, scuffed along upper edge. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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