Title: Three Weeks
Publisher: Duffield and Company, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1907
Edition: First Edition
VG, lettering faded spine edge, somewhat worn front cover; In red cloth slipcase. Edwardian shocker; First (1907) Amer. ; Red cloth; 8vo; No DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 15988
Synopsis: Three Weeks (1910) Elinor Glyn Paul Verdayne, young, fresh and foolish, falls in love with a sultry, married woman who inflames his passion and sexual desires. She invites Paul to the luxury suite at their Swiss hotel where they indulge their sins, having sex on a tiger skin Thus begins Paul's sexual awakening, a torrid affair, and a young man's obsession. Banned for obscenity and condemned by religious leaders, author Elinor Glyn's novel became a cinematic masterpiece and template for steamy, bodice-ripping, romance novels. Ms. Glyn?s languid writing style mixes Dorothy Parker's wit with Somerset Maugham's exploration of the human condition and suffering. Stylish and artfully crafted, she followed up Three Weeks with a series of erotic books, often involving beautiful, sexually charged women of the highest social standing, dominated by male lovers. Much like her sexy, love-struck heroines, Ms. Glyn has been described as a risqué exotic, flame-haired temptress, too strong-headed to be accepted by more than the fringe of society, who had sexual affairs with various British aristocrats. The British-born Ms. Glyn later moved to the U.S. where she wrote Hollywood screenplays.
About the Author: About the Author British writer Elinor Glyn (1864 ? 1943) was a novelist and scriptwriter specialising in romantic fiction that at the time was considered scandalous. She influenced early 20th-century popular culture and her work was turned into Hollywood films by notable stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and Clara Bow. She was born in the Channel Islands and her father died when she was a child. Her mother returned to her family in Canada and her Anglo-Irish grandmother taught Elinor the ways of upper-class society. The training gave her an entrée into aristocratic circles in Europe, and led to her reputation as an authority on style in Hollywood in the 1920s. She married Clayton Louis Glyn, a wealthy barrister. She started writing in 1900 and "Three Weeks", about an exotic Balkan queen who seduces a young British aristocrat, was allegedly inspired by one of her own affairs.
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