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Dodd Mead & Co., NY, 1938. Second Printing (November, 1938) stated. With numerous line drawings by "alajalov", many full page. Gray cloth, dyed top-edge, decorative purple end-papers, illustrated orange front cover, deckled pages, orange letters. Minor spine bumping, hd & ft, corners sharp. Previous seller's price, top corner of 2nd free fly, in pencil. No other markings. Pages are crisp & white. Dyed top-edge has sun-fade; dark blemish at mid-edge. Book is tightly bound. DJ is chipped and torn, mainly at head & foot, along edges. Spine is sun-faded. Publisher's original price of $2.00, top of front flap. In a protective sleeve. 168 pages.
Second book by the actress, humorist and playwright.
Cornelia Otis Skinner (May 30, 1899 – July 9, 1979) was an American author, actress playwright and humorist. Skinner was the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife, Maud Durbin.
After attending the all-girls' Baldwin School and Bryn Mawr College (1918–1919) and studying theater at the Sorbonne in Paris, she began her career on the stage in 1921. She appeared in several plays before embarking on a tour of the United States from 1926 to 1929 in a one-woman performance of short character sketches she herself wrote. She wrote numerous short humorous pieces for publications like The New Yorker. These pieces were eventually compiled into a series of books, including "Nuts in May", "Dithers and Jitters", "Excuse It Please!", and "The Ape in Me", among others.
With Emily Kimbrough, she wrote "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay", a lighthearted description of their European tour after college. Kimbrough and Skinner went to Hollywood to act as consultants on the film version of the book, which resulted in the film of the same name, which starred Gail Russell playing Skinner. In 1952, her one-woman show "Paris '90" (music and lyrics by Kay Swift) premiered on Broadway. In later years Skinner wrote "Madame Sarah", (a biography of Sarah Bernhardt) and "Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals" about the Belle Epoque.
As an actress, Skinner had major roles in "Kismet" (1920), "The Uninvited" (1944), "The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing" (1955), and "The Swimmer" (1968), among others. As a playwright, she is most remembered for "The Pleasure of His Company", which was made into a 1961 comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Debbie Reynolds, directed by George Seaton and released by Paramount Pictures.