"[B]old, subversive, and feminist" (Julie Burchill)
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
By Jacqueline Susann
Signed first printing of the piquant mega-bestseller about friends trying to break into the entertainment industry.
Near fine in very good jacket.
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
"Despite nearly 40 years of repeated attempts to castrate it into campness, or kill it with kitsch, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS remains a brave, bold, angry and, yes, definitely a feminist book." – Julie Burchill
With characters based in part on real stars like Judy Garland, Carole Landis, and Dean Martin, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS was an astonishing popular hit, and the best-selling novel of 1966. A year later it was adapted into a film of the same name, and its place in popular culture was assured. Yet the novel's popularity should not be taken as a sign of fluff: in THE GUARDIAN, Julie Burchill concludes that "VALLEY OF THE DOLLS is far more critical of the American Dream than many avowedly 'subversive' projects."
Read more: Burchill, "Sweet Valley High," The Guardian, 14 November 2003; Collins, "Once Was Never Enough," Vanity Fair, 26 August 2013.
(New York): Bernard Geis, (1966). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original quarter white cloth, red- and yellow-stamped black paper boards, red-lettered spine. In original price-clipped color pictorial dust jacket designed by Wladislaw Finne. , 442 pages. Signed by Susann in black ink on front fly leaf. Book with sliver of toning to extremities; jacket lightly toned around margins, with some rubbing and a few closed tears.
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