So, today, I am honoured to be taking part in something so very fantastic. It is the 50th Anniversary of the influential, world known and very much loved, Valley of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.
Valley of the Dolls took the world by storm when it was first published, fifty years ago, in 1966. It straight away achieved the No. 1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list, and stayed there for an unprecedented 28 weeks! Never had a book been so frank about sex, drugs and show business. It is often cited as the bestselling novel of all time. It has sold over 40 million copies in 30 languages.
Today, Valley of the Dolls remains the all-time pop-culture classic, a pioneering work that tackles drug addiction, women’s rights and gay rights, profoundly influencing generations of cultural figures from Gloria Steinem to Lena Dunham.
Not only was it so sought after in book form, in 1967 after its film adaptation it soon became the in film to see.
It was again adapted but into TV form as a 1981 mini-series, and a full series in 1994. In 2005 it was adapted again but by BBC Radio 4 as a 15-episode dramatisation. It has been rebroadcast numerous times since.
🚺 Blurb: Dolls – red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight. For Anne, Neely and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three beautiful women become best friends when they are young and in New York, struggling to make their names in the entertainment industry. Only when they reach the peak of their careers do they find there’s nowhere left to go but down – to the Valley of the Dolls.
The 50th Anniversary Edition of Jacqueline Susann’s All-Time Pop-Culture Classic!At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls.
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🚺 Book Details:
Title: Valley of the Dolls.
Author: Jacqueline Susann.
Genre: Classics, Contemporary Fiction.
Length: 432 Pages.
Publication date: 30/06/2016
Before Jackie Collins, Candace Bushnell and Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Susann held the world rapt with her tales of the private passions of Hollywood starlets, high-powered industrialists and the jet-set.
Jacqueline Susann is a legend in American publishing. Susann was the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times Bestseller List. She was married to her beloved husband, producer Irving Mansfield, until her untimely death on September 21, 1974, after a courageously fought battle with breast cancer. Susann’s intensely private twelve-year fight to overcome the disease was not known publicly until after death. She was 56.
🚺 Praise for Valley of the Dolls.
How amazing is that photograph of Jacqueline Susann? I wasn’t supposed to use that one, oops! I had to though, it is just far too fabulous!
Thank you so much for joining me today, I am honoured to have been on the tour and I will be putting my review up soon for Valley of The Dolls. And if you’re wondering what I’m thinking of it so far – well, I am LOVING it. It is hard sometimes as I forget I’m reading from so long ago, but it is honest and eye-opening once you get into the swing of it. I would most definitely recommend it to you all.
Shout out to the fab Helen at Little Brown for asking me to take part today, always appreciated 😘
I’ll leave you now with a fabulous collection of praise for Valley of the Dolls.
“Valley of the Dolls is truly a timeless classic . . .Today Neely O’Hara would become a YouTube sensation, Jennifer North would be an Instagram influencer, and Anne Welles would be a Snapchat queen. No matter how high-toned people want to be, there’s nothing more addictive than a juicy, scandal-filled, drama-laced soap opera!”—Mickey Boardman, Paper Mag
“Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love . . . for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story—for romance with tears and oral sex.”—Michael Korda, New Yorker
“Racing against time for fame, Susann knew how to give readers what they wanted: a shockingly contemporary page-turner that went deep into the stuff of taboo, but still adhered to old scripts of women suffering virtuously in their undying love of men.”—Tim Murphy, Nation
“I marvel as always at the raw energy, the detail, and the grim authenticity of the book’s depiction of New York show biz society in 1945 . . . I grew up as a writer believing that this kind of bestseller was ‘trash’ . . . But I have learned from Jackie Susann. I have always respected her power.”—Anne Rice
“Susann predicted the celebrity culture we live in now. Actually, she invented it: fame is as fame does.”—Letty Pogrebin
“If Jacqueline Susann was not precisely the ‘voice of the 60s,’then she was its aching female heart.”—Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair
“Decades ahead of its time . . . Mesmerizing . . . The equation of emotional dependencies with drug addiction in one comprehensive personality disorder is, if anything, more chic today than in Susann’s time.”—Mim Udovitch, Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Jacqueline Susann’s questioning of glamour and fame, so unsettling in its honesty, crept into my head and stayed there, lingering for years until I was finally able to give it my own expression.”—Lori Goldstein
“Exciting news for all you modern Dolls (#squadgoals) and aspiring millennial readers . . . the story feels more relevant than ever.”—Micaela English, Town & Country
“Valley of the Dolls remains a pop-culture touchstone: a gleefully salacious story of friendship, sex, backstabbing and pills (or ‘dolls’).”—Alexandria Symonds, T: The New York Times Style Magazine
“Valley of the Dolls is a zipper-ripper that has been called trashy, tawdry, glitzy, lusty, sordid and seamy—and that’s just the beginning of its appeal.”—Nancy Bachrach, NPR
“One of the sexiest novels ever written.”—Earl Wilson
“A generation that knows ‘Sex and the City,’ and which connects to Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls,’ may not instantly connect the dots to Susann, who did it all first, and in Pucci. A culture that cavalierly tosses off the term ‘chick lit’ doesn’t fully realize how fast Susann was out of the gate so many decades ago in the way she gave frank talk to women.”—Shinan Govani, Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Jackie played a role in merging publishing with the entertainment industry and turning it into really big business.”—Esther Margolis
“As an adolescent I ‘borrowed’ a copy from my mother’s bedside basket of books without telling her. The Pepto Bismol–pink cover was irresistible to me, and the novel rewarded my curiosity . . . a salacious read I’ve revisited several times in adulthood.”—Laura June, The Cut, New York Magazine
“Susann’s lurid descriptions of three pill-popping young women struggling with fame and beauty—based off her own life—were vivid and relevant enough to a generation of women clamoring for stories about themselves.”—Kate Dries, Jezebel