New York: Coward-McCann, 1954. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author "To Anita/A Boys Best Friend, Critic/and Sweetheart/Love Forever/Ted Peckham." 8vo. 214 pp. Light wear to extremities else near fine in very good illustrated dustjacket (minor wear to extremities; some darkening to covers). Laid in is a 4 page letter, with envelope, from Cathleen Nesbitt, British actress of stage, film and television to Mr. [Eugene] Levitt, American television writer, producer and director, best known for creation of the television series 'Fantasy Island'. In the letter, Ms. Nesbitt recounts a dinner with Anita Loos, American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Ms. Nesbitt suggests that Mr. Levitt serialize for television a show based on "Grandma Rolled Her Own". Ms. Loos offered to send Mr. Levitt her copy of the book with the heartfelt inscription from the author. Item #16935
The delightful biography of the author's Grandma, who not only knew how to roll her own cigarettes, but was married three times, loved horses and poker, ran a soloon and operted a rooming house on the site of a former bordello. It seems that the author inherited some of his Grandma's spirit of adventure; he ultimately left the Midwest, mvoing to New York and operated a highly successful escort service with branches in London, Paris, Rome and Palm Beach.