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The Resource Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey

Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey

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Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown
Title
Not pretty enough
Title remainder
the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown
Statement of responsibility
Gerri Hirshey
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"A bold and deeply researched biography of a complicated cultural icon. When Helen Gurley Brown published Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, it sold more than two million copies in just three weeks, presaging the self-help boom and helping to usher in the unapologetic self-affirmation of second wave feminism. Brown declared that it was okay, even imperative, to enjoy sex outside of marriage; that equal rights for women should extend to the bedroom; that meaningful work outside the home was essential for a woman's security and self-esteem. The book catapulted Brown into national renown, cementing her status as a complex and divisive feminist personality. And the ripple effects of her outspokenness about sex and her emphasis on friendships between women can still be seen today, on TV shows like Sex and the City and Girls, and in the magazine world as well. When she died in 2012, her obituary appeared on the front page of The New York Times, which noted that 'the look of women's magazines today, is due in no small part, to her influence.' She may not always have been loved-- but she was always talked about. Brown's life story-- a classic American rags-to-riches tale-- is just as juicy as her controversial books. In this wonderful new biography, the writer and reporter Gerri Hirshey traces Brown's path from deep in the Arkansas Ozarks to her wild single years in Los Angeles, from the New York magazine world to her Hollywood adventures with her film producer husband. Along the way she became the highest-paid female ad copywriter on the West Coast, and transformed Hearst's failing literary magazine, Cosmopolitan, into the female-oriented global juggernaut it is today. Full of firsthand accounts of Brown from some of her closest friends, including Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbara Walters, and more, as well as those whose paths she brushed-- her 1939 prom date, a sorority sister from business school, Cosmo cover girls like Beverly Johnson and Brooke Shields-- and writing from the woman herself, Not Pretty Enough is a vital biography that shines new light on the life of one of the most incomparable and indelible women of the twentieth century. "--
Summary
A portrait of the famed author of "Sex and the Single Girl" examines her role in advancing civil-rights feminism and traces her rags-to-riches story, transformation of "Cosmopolitan," and relationships with such figures as Liz Smith, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Barbara Walters
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Biography type
individual biography
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10516178
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DLC
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Hirshey, Gerri
Dewey number
  • 070.5/1092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Brown, Helen Gurley
  • Periodical editors
  • Editors
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • Brown, Helen Gurley
  • Editors
  • Periodical editors
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown
Label
Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [429]-476) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn947104927
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 500 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374169176
Lccn
2016007143
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)947104927
Label
Not pretty enough : the unlikely triumph of Helen Gurley Brown, Gerri Hirshey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [429]-476) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn947104927
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiv, 500 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374169176
Lccn
2016007143
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)947104927

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