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'One of the few books that doesn't stink' : the Intellectuals, the Masses and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Hammill, Faye (2005) 'One of the few books that doesn't stink' : the Intellectuals, the Masses and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Critical Survey, 17 (3). pp. 27-48. ISSN 0011-1570

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    Abstract

    Anita Loos's tribute to Aldous Huxley appeared in a memorial volume compiled by Julian Huxley in 1966. Among the contributors were Lord David Cecil, Stephen Spender, T.S. Eliot, Osbert Sitwell, Leonard Woolf and Isaiah Berlin. Loos was one of Aldous Huxley's most famous friends: she was a successful and well connected screenwriter, and the astonishing sales of her novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) made her a millionaire and a celebrity. The novel also significantly increased her cultural capital, since it was admired by eminent writers and thinkers including James Joyce, Edith Wharton, H.L. Mencken, William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, William Empson, George Santayana and Rose Macaulay. For many years, Loos was one of the best known women in the United States, and 1966 was the year she published her autobiographical volume A Girl Like I, which received enthusiastic reviews and led to retrospectives of her films. And yet, if Anita Loos today stands out from the list of Julian Huxley's contributors, it is because the other names are still so familiar, while hers has become obscure

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 26783
    Keywords: Anita Loos, Aldous Huxley, literature, history, American literature, Cultural Studies, Literature and Literary Theory
    Subjects: Language and Literature > American literature
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Mrs Tereza McLaughlin-Vanova
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 14:18
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:06
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/26783

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