New York: Simon and Schuster, 1972. First Edition. Association copy, inscribed by Houseman to legendary screenwriter Anita Loos: "For Anita Loos, who set me right about certain facts / Gratefully / John Houseman." Ms. Loos tiny red ownership stamp also appears at the bottom of the second blank.
The first volume of the legendary producer-actor Houseman's memoirs, covering the years 1902-1942. Houseman began his career as a key member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre (his name used to appear on Mercury Theatre letterhead), and went on to produce some of the most significant films of the 1940s and 1950s, including "Citizen Kane" (1941), "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), "Letter from an Unknown Woman," (1948), "They Live by Night" (1948), "On Dangerous Ground" (1952), and "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952). In 1973, Houseman made an unexpected switch to acting in "The Paper Chase," and would never return to producing, instead choosing to work as an actor for his remaining fifteen years.
Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful screenwriters, one of the founders of the art, whose many accomplishments include "Intolerance" (1916), "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1928 and 1953, both versions based on her novel), and "The Women" (1939). She also wrote, along with John Emerson, two of the earliest texts on the art of screenwriting, "How to Write Photo Plays" (1920) and "Breaking into Movies" (1921). A superb association between two of Hollywood's most significant contributors.
Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Some laminate lift as usually found on this title, with a couple of small bruises and closed tears.