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Plot[ edit ] A kiss on the hand may make you feel very nice, but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever. This consists mostly of footing the bill for gowns from Madame Frances, jewelry from Cartier , dinners at the Ritz , and tickets to the Ziegfeld Follies. During this time, she continues seeing other men and meets a married English novelist named Gerry Lamson who frowns upon her liaisons with Eisman. Lamson wishes to "save" her from Eisman and begs her to marry him.
Not wishing to forgo an upcoming trip to Europe paid for by Eisman, Lorelei spurns Lamson and insists his highbrow discourses bore her. But when Mr. Eisman is in New York we always seem to do the same thing; and, if I wrote one day in my diary, all I would have to do would be to put quotation marks for all the other days. Lorelei is distressed when she learns that Bartlett, a former district attorney who is now a U.
Senator, is also aboard the ship. She relates to a sympathizing Englishman the story of how she met Bartlett. She recounts a dubious backstory in which a libidinous lawyer once employed her as a stenographer and she shot him in a fit of hysteria. During the trial, which Bartlett aggressively prosecuted, Lorelei gave such "compelling" testimony that the all-male jury acquitted her, prompting the skeptical judge to buy her a ticket to Hollywood so that she could use her acting talents to become a film star.
The judge also named her "Lorelei" [b] because he believed it expressed her true personality. Lorelei befriends Bartlett who—infatuated with her—begs her to come with him to Vienna. He then reveals sensitive information which she relays to the Englishman. Her revenge complete, Lorelei hides in her cabin until Bartlett disembarks the ship. Lorelei encounters an elderly matron who is selling a diamond tiara. Lorelei casts her eye around the room for a wealthy man to buy it for her and settles on Sir Francis Beekman, whom she calls "Piggie.
Before departing the country, the two flappers meet the Prince of Wales who is mystified by their American slang. In Paris, the duo are more excited by jewelry shops than by the " Eyeful Tower. She threatens to ruin her reputation if she does not return the tiara. Through a waiter, Lorelei learns that the lawyer plans to charge all expenses to Lady Beekman while secretly awaiting the opportunity to steal the tiara.
Lorelei has a replica made of the tiara and—by playing the father and son against each other—she ultimately manages to keep the real tiara and send them away with the fake one. To gain his trust, Lorelei pretends that she is a reformer too and claims that she is trying to reform Dorothy from her sinful ways.
Lorelei begins to dread arriving in Vienna and wonders how she can possibly spend time with both Eisman and Spoffard. Froyd" Sigmund Freud. Freud fails to psycho-analyze her because she has never repressed any desires and has no inhibitions. Fearing her past will be revealed to Spoffard, Lorelei intercepts him and retells her past in a sympathetic light. Spoffard weeps at the moral outrages which Lorelei has supposedly endured and likens her to Mary Magdalene.
He then arranges for Lorelei to meet his mother. The two women become inebriated together. The meeting is a success. She invites members of high society but also invites a gaggle of Follies chorus girls and a number of bootleggers with ties to organized crime.
The riotous ball lasts three days until the police raid the party and arrest the guests. Disaster is forestalled when Dorothy wins over a sympathetic judge. While doing so, she meets Gilbertson Montrose, a movie scenario writer to whom she is attracted. To this end, Dorothy shows Spoffard a list of every item which Lorelei has bought and informs him that she is pathologically extravagant.
Lorelei now decides she will marry Spoffard and become a Hollywood star while pursuing a clandestine liaison with Montrose. She rushes to Penn Station and finds Spoffard. She tells him that he should be ashamed of himself. Lorelei gets everything she wants and declares that she is simply happy to make everyone else happy.
Its popularity eventually crossed national borders into countries such as the Republic of China and the Soviet Union , prompting the book to be translated into over a dozen different languages and published in 45 more editions. The Russians, with their native love of grief, stripped Gentlemen Prefer Blondes of all its fun and the plot which they uncovered was dire.
Author William Faulkner wrote a personal letter to Anita Loos after reading her novel. He expressed his desire to meet her because he was so "enraptured by the book" and "sincerely admired" her work. But I wish I had thought of Dorothy first. Among the list of names of other great authors from the time period, F. Scott Fitzgerald , E. Mankiewicz ,  Arnold Bennett ,  and H.
Wells  also praised Loos for her work. Wells took Loos out to dinner when she visited London as a reward for her excellent work. Although the writing was credited to Loos, it was presumably ghost-written by its artists, Virginia Huget and Phil Cook. A year later, the story was adapted into a silent Paramount motion picture.
Wilson suggested that Loos permit a musical adaptation of the story. Reprints feature the latter title. Author Anita Loos was an intimate friend of Mencken and regarded him as "an idol to adore for a lifetime.
The 100 best novels: No 49 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (1925)
On pronouncing her name, Loos said, "The family has always used the correct French pronunciation which is lohse. However, I myself pronounce my name as if it were spelled luce, since most people pronounce it that way and it was too much trouble to correct them. Beers Loos, founded a tabloid newspaper for which her mother, did most of the work of a publisher. Gladys died at eight of appendicitis,  while their father was away on business. After graduating from San Diego High , Loos devised a method of cobbling together published reports of Manhattan social life, mailing them to a friend in New York, who would submit them under their own name for publication in San Diego. Her father had turned out some one-act plays for the stock company, and encouraged Anita to work in the field herself. She wrote The Ink Well, a successful piece for which she received periodic royalties.
Plot[ edit ] A kiss on the hand may make you feel very nice, but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever. This consists mostly of footing the bill for gowns from Madame Frances, jewelry from Cartier , dinners at the Ritz , and tickets to the Ziegfeld Follies. During this time, she continues seeing other men and meets a married English novelist named Gerry Lamson who frowns upon her liaisons with Eisman. Lamson wishes to "save" her from Eisman and begs her to marry him. Not wishing to forgo an upcoming trip to Europe paid for by Eisman, Lorelei spurns Lamson and insists his highbrow discourses bore her.