New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926 . Hardcover. Thirteenth printing, published in May 1926 (first printing having been published in November 1925). INSCRIBED by Anita Loos to director George Cukor on the front endpaper some years later: "April 7, 1954 / So now after 25 years you want my autograph! / My love you've always had / Anita." With Cukor's illustrated deco bookplate on the facing front pastedown.
A stunning association. Anita Loos was arguably the most famous of the many women screenwriters of the silent era and remaining so well after the change to talkies. She was a celebrity on the level of Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford, unheard of at the time (or any other time) for screenwriters. She was known as a writer who could save any adaptation, taking over the adaptation of the now-legendary pre-Code film "Red Headed Woman" after F. Scott Fitzgerald gave up on it. Loos retired from screenwriting in 1945, after doctoring the script for "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
In 1925, just prior to the advent of the talkies, Loos wrote her first novel, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," which would become one of the most famous books of the Jazz Age, and the work for which Loos would become best known. The novel was adapted routinely for the stage and on the screen.
George Cukor is historically known as Hollywood's "women's director," turning out hit after hit with films with inspired performances by female leads. From the likes of "Dinner at Eight," and "Little Women," and moving on to "The Philadelphia Story," "Gaslight," and "Adam's Rib," his touch with smart, timeless comedy was golden.
But there is probably no greater example of Cukor's genius with women and comedy than "The Women" in 1939, which was adapted by Anita Loos from the play by Clare Booth Luce, and featured a perfectly balanced all-female cast that included Norma Shearer and Shearer's nemesis Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Godard, and a young Joan Fontaine.
Red cloth, quarter bound in decrated paper covered boards. Good condition, with a slight lean, rubbing at the extremities, and moderate wear and bending at the corners.