Title: Wallflower at the Orgy
Publisher: The Viking Press (1970), New York
Publication Date: 1970
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
179 pages. Ephron's first book, a collection of magazine profiles of Mike Nichols, Helen Gurley Brown, Ayn Rand, and Mike Nichols. Ephron, perhaps best known as a screenwriter (You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood, Julie and Julia, etc.), she was a journalist and essayist throughout her career and can be included as a practitioner of New Journalism, and one of that genre's few female writers. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A terrific copy, inscribed by the author, 'To Rod McKuen, don't let it frighten you. Best, Nora Ephron. 11/16/70.' Most likely this inscription refers to the fact that Ephron was working on a piece about McKuen, a poet and songwriter, which appeared in 1971. That essay, called Mush, was included in the paperback edition of this book. Mush was one of the first mainstream portrayals of McKuen as a hack writer. This book is uncommon signed and copies inscribed to Ephron's subjects seldom, if ever, surface. Bookseller Inventory # 129753
Synopsis: From her Academy Award?nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America?s most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world?s most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex. Whether casting her ingenious eye on renowned director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown?or herself, as she chronicles her own beauty makeover?Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.
About the Author: Nora Ephron is also the author of I Feel Bad About My Neck, Crazy Salad, Scribble Scribble, and Heartburn. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally?, Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. Her other credits include the films Michael, You've Got Mail, and the play Imaginary Friends. She lives in New York City with her husband, writer Nicholas Pileggi.
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