GOOD-BYE, MR. CHIPS [INSCRIBED BY HILTON TO FRANCES MARION] [PRESENTATION COPY]
by Hilton, James
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1935. First Edition, Twentieth Printing. 8vo., 136pp.; VG; spine green leather with 5 raised bands, gilt lettering; rebound in full green leather, floral textured endpapers; top edge of text block gilt; mild shelfwear; INSCRIBED and presented by author James Hilton to Francis Marion on the half-title following the title page. It reads "For Mrs. M. B. Owens / With all good wishes / from / James Hilton / Christmas 1935". M. B. Owens refers to her birth name, Marion Benson Owens, as she wrote under the pseudonym Frances Marion.; LSM consignment; shelved case 2; The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scriptwriters of any gender, Frances Marion was the first writer to win two Academy Awards, for her writing on The Big House (1930) and The Champ (1931), and the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. She served in Europe as a combat correspondent during World War I, after which she moved to Los Angeles and was employed by director Lois Weber as an assistant, in which position she received a thorough apprenticeship in the film industry. She began writing scripts and attracted the attention of Mary Pickford. The pair began a long relationship as both friends and artists, with Marion serving as Pickford's official screenwriter. She wrote many of Pickford's most famous and memorable silent films as well as many other of the great successful pictures of the 1920s and 1930s, and has been credited with writing 300 scripts and over 130 produced films. Her influence resurrected the career of Marie Dressler and resulted in her greatest glory, and her scripts for Marion Davies are among the most memorable of that actress' oeuvre. She died in 1973, one of the most respected names in Hollywood history. Dupont.
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