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Book Title: Our Hearts Were Young & Gay|
The author of the book: Cornelia Otis Skinner
Date of issue: December 1st 1942
ISBN 13: 9780396024019
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 329 KB
Edition: Putnam Publishing Group
Read full description of the books Our Hearts Were Young & Gay:Hilarious. A best-selling book during the 1940s. Two young women graduate from college and decide to tour Europe.
A funny story: I'm sitting in the dentist chair with my mouth filled with goo, waiting for the flouride treatment to do its magic. In my hand is Our Hearts Were Young and Gay. I had found this old title on my late mother's bookshelf, where it had sat dusty and neglected for years. I had always wondered why my mother had this book in her library. So my mouth is filled with glop and my teeth are immobile in these pasty, stiff trays shaped like horseshoes and I'm reading OHWYG. And I start to laugh. And then I start to guffaw. But I can't get a breath because of the pasty horseshoe glop, so I start to shake and quiver a bit while gasping because I'm laughing so hard at the antics of the two heroines in the book. The dentist and his assistant hear my gagging from the next room and come running back to the room where they have left me. Tears are running down my face and I'm shaking and trying to get a breath. The looks on their faces were priceless: terror! I'm certain they thought I was going to die right there in the examination chair. Poor Dr. Meroney. I'm so sorry to have nearly given you a heart attack.
I loved this book. Be warned though, there are many references in it to personalities of the 1920s, mainly Hollywood types, that you may not recognize. But even with the occasional (now meaningless) name dropping, it's a hilarious romp.
Read information about the authorCornelia Otis Skinner was an American author and actress. Skinner was the daughter of the actor Otis Skinner and his wife Maud (Durbin) Skinner. After attending the all-girls' Ethel Walker School, and Bryn Mawr College (1918-1919) and studying theatre 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 hilarious 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 We Followed Our Hearts to Hollywood. Skinner was portrayed by Bethel Leslie in the shortlived 1950 television series 'The Girls,' based on Our Hearts Were Young and Gay.
In later years Skinner wrote Madame Sarah, a biography of Sarah Bernhardt, and Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals about the Belle Epoque.
She also appeared with Orson Welles on The Campbell Playhouse radio play of The Things We Have on May 26, 1939.
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