Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Anita Loos

Illustrated by ffolkes

One of the first books in the Folio Collectables range, this pretty edition combines Lorelei Lee's scandalous jazz-age diaries with witty drawings by ffolkes.

Published price: US$ 34.95


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

‘Designed to foil the devious machinations of scheming and wicked booksellers forever more’

With these deceptively simple words Lorelei Lee, a not-so-dumb blonde with a single-minded devotion to orchids, diamonds and champagne, embarks on what Edith Wharton was to call, perhaps not entirely seriously, ‘the great American novel’. Written in diary form, Lorelei Lee’s life makes for an outrageous, witty read. Capturing the carefree attitude of the glamorous jazz age, the flighty Lorelei moves from suitor to suitor, from scandalous situation to frivolous engagement, ever in search of the elusive millionaire who could provide her own happy ending.

With the help of her wise-cracking friend and protector Dorothy, Lorelei learns to spot a gentleman ‘whom you can call up at any time and ask him to go shopping and he is delighted’ at a hundred paces, dances with the Prince of Wales, and travels to Paris to enjoy ‘the Eyeful Tower’. Sharp, hilarious and undeniably endearing, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes would be immortalised by the 1953 musical starring Marilyn Monroe, and Anita Loos herself was so impressed by the success of her creation that she ended up dyeing her hair …

Perfectly glamorous in pink and gold, the Folio Collectables edition of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes features witty line drawings by ffolkes.

Production Details

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes book
  • Bound in full blocked cloth
  • Set in Bodoni with Tea Biscuit display
  • 192 pages
  • Frontispiece and 20 integrated mono illustrations, and two colour printed title page
  • Coloured page tops
  • Ribbon Marker
  • 9" x 5¾"

  • Please note Folio Collectables are not slipcased.

Inside the book

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Review by wdavidfreeman on 19th Jan 2016

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"Absolutely hilarious, classic novel. Sly fun. Highly recommend. The physical quality of the Folio Collectables certainly meets the usual Folio standard. They are hardcover books that are just sl..." [read more]

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