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An Early Pioneer of Chick Lit

“The people I’m furious with are the women’s liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That’s true but it should be kept quiet, or it ruins the whole racket.”

—Anita Loos

Anita Loos was a successful author, Hollywood screenwriter, and playwright and is probably best known for her book Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. These stories, initially published in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1920s, were satires on the state of sexual relations, with slight nods to sexual intimacy. I’d have to say that Anita provided the Sex and the City for her generation and definitely was a pioneer of early chick lit. The book went on to become hugely successful, becoming a surprise best-seller in 1925 and later made into a stage play and movie. Edith Wharton called Loos’ book “the great American novel.” Wow, that’s a pretty nice endorsement; I think I’m going to have to pick up this comic masterpiece.

If you really want to be impressed, check out Anita’s film credits and biography on Wikipedia. This woman was prolific in a time when I’m sure it was difficult for women to be taken seriously in Hollywood. You rock, Anita!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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