Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita LoosGentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

byAnita Loos

Paperback | February 11, 2014

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This delirious 1925 Jazz Age classic introduced readers to Lorelei Lee, the small-town girl from Little Rock, who has become one of the most timeless characters in American fiction. Outrageous and charming, this not-so-dumb blonde has been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger (not that she sees herself that way). Masquerading as her diaries, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes follows Lorelei as she entertains suitors across Europe before returning home to marry a millionaire. In this delightfully droll and witty book, Lorelei’s glamorous pragmatism shines, as does Anita Loos’s mastery of irony and dialect. A craze in its day and with ageless appeal, this new Liveright edition puts Lorelei back where she belongs: front and center.
Jenny McPhee is the author of A Man of No Moon, No Ordinary Matter, and The Center of Things. She lives in London.
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Title:Gentlemen Prefer BlondesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:087140317X

ISBN - 13:9780871403179

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Funny Quite comical, an easy and fast read too. Also great if you get an edition with the illustrations.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Jazz Age satire "Do you realize, young woman," H.L. Mencken once told Anita Loos, "that you're the first American writer ever to poke fun at sex?" She realized it, all right. Gorgeous, glamorous and self-absorbed to the point of sociopathy, Lorelei Lee is the archetypal Girl Your Mother Warned You About. Which doesn't mean her adventures aren't a lot of fun to read - after all, is it Lorelei's fault so many gentlemen never listened to their mothers? A smartly wicked American classic.
Date published: 2001-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes If you liked The Bridget Jones Diary, you'll love this diary of a not-so-dumb blonde named Lorelei who sets off to Europe in order to "get educated." This translates into finding wealthy American men who want to spend their money on her. In the end, Lorelei gets everything, including diamonds, an acting career and numerous dinners at the Ritz. Her combination of naivety, cunning and atrocious spelling - i.e.: the Eye-full Tower - makes this one of the funniest books I've ever read.
Date published: 1999-05-11

Editorial Reviews

The great American novel. — Edith Wharton

Lorelei Lee’s wide-eyed ditziness is nothing less than a joy forever. — Michael Dirda

First published by Liveright in 1925—and now brought back into print by the same house—[Gentlemen Prefer Blondes] will find a new audience to delight, amaze and amuse… Lorelei is a combination of insouciance, innocence and street savvy that is irresistible. — Valerie Ryan (Shelf Awareness)