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Anita Loos Letters to Ray Pierre Corsini
Manuscript Collection Number: 99 (F531)
Accessioned: Purchase, July 1996.
Extent: 22 items (.1 linear feet).
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: October 1996 by Julie Witsken.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
At the age of fifteen Loos began writing film scripts for D. W. Griffith of the Biograph Company. By the time she was eighteen, she had sold Griffith over one hundred scripts. In collaboration with her second husband, director John Emerson, she produced several Broadway plays as well as two non-fiction works: How to Write Photoplays (1920) and Breaking into the Movies (1921).
She is best known, however, for her novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925). The book about the adventures of a blond flapper brought international fame to Loos, who, as one of the first women to bob her hair and shorten her hemlines, came to epitomize the flappers of the 1920s. The novel inspired a play, several musical versions, a sequel, and a movie, and was followed by two successful plays (Happy Birthday, 1946, and Gigi, 1951), two memoirs on the silent-movie stars Constance and Norma Talmadge, and four autobiographical works, among others. Loos died in 1981, four years after her last autobiography was published.
Sources:Carey, Gary. Anita Loos. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
Mainiero, Lina, ed.. American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from the Colonial Times to the Present. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1981.
Scope and Content Note
The letters discuss the writing and editing of Loos' later works, her travels and social life, and her relationship with Ray. Loos communicates her joy and frustrations with her works, seeks advice in editorial decisions, and mentions influences upon her works. She also talks about her busy lifestyle, detailing her travel plans and refering to numerous social gatherings. In all of her letters, her special friendship with Ray is apparent. Loos thanks Ray for all of Ray's support and congratulates Ray on the publication of Ray's own work.
F1 Correspondence from Loos, Anita, to Corsini, Ray Pierre, unless otherwise indicated. 1962 Oct 10 TLS 1p  Jun 21 ALS 2p 1963 Jun 29 ALS 2p 1963 Sep 10 ALS 2p  Oct 7 ALS 2p 1963 Dec 31 ALS 2p 1964 Jul 25 ALS 1p  Jul 2 ALS 1p 1965 Jul 2 TL (carbon) 1p To Miss Taylor 1965 Jul 14 TLS 1p  Aug 1 ALS 2p 1967 Jan 15 ALS 2p  Jul 9 ALS 2p 1972 Jul 21 TLS 1p 1972 Jul 26 TL 1p  Aug 17 ALS 1p Written on copy of cable received from William Jovanovich. 1973 Aug 9 TLS 1p 1974 Dec 30 TLS 1p 1976 Apr 27 ALS 1p  Nov 4 ALS 1p 1979 Feb 14 ALS 1p 1979 Oct 22 ALS 1p
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