New York: Coward-McCann, 1954. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author "To Anita/A Boys Best Friend, Critic/and Sweetheart/Love Forever/Ted Peckham." 8vo. 214 pp. Light wear to extremities else near fine in very good illustrated dustjacket (minor wear to extremities; some darkening to covers). Laid in is a 4 page letter, with envelope, from Cathleen Nesbitt, British actress of stage, film and television to Mr. [Eugene] Levitt, American television writer, producer and director, best known for creation of the television series 'Fantasy Island'. In the letter, Ms. Nesbitt recounts a dinner with Anita Loos, American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Ms. Nesbitt suggests that Mr. Levitt serialize for television a show based on "Grandma Rolled Her Own". Ms. Loos offered to send Mr. Levitt her copy of the book with the heartfelt inscription from the author. The delightful biography of the author's Grandma, who not only knew how to roll her own cigarettes, but was married three times, loved horses and poker, ran a soloon and operted a rooming house on the site of a former bordello. It seems that the author inherited some of his Grandma's spirit of adventure; he ultimately left the Midwest, mvoing to New York and operated a highly successful escort service with branches in London, Paris, Rome and Palm Beach.
(Inventory #: 16935)
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