11.29.2013

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True 1907-1940 Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you had a marvelous day yesterday. I am thankful for my family, my friends and for you dear readers. I feel as though we are all family. Thank you for showing up and for being a part of our beautiful community.

I am happy to come to you today with a very special giveaway. But first, a backstory...

A few weeks ago, Erica Silverman, my dear friend and literary agent, told me that her sister, Victoria Wilson, was about to publish a book on the life of Barbara Stanwyck. I was so thrilled to hear this because, as you know, I just love the golden age of Hollywood and Barbara Stanwyck is one of the most iconic screen actresses from the era.

Here's what Janet Maslin of the New York Times had to say about Victoria's book:

“860 glittering pages… it ends with a cliffhanger, creating eager anticipation for Ms. Wilson’s concluding volume… ‘A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True, 1907-1940’ is not about the actress alone. It’s bigger and splashier. Stanwyck knew the most notable directors, writers, actors, studio chiefs and Broadway impresarios of her day, and Ms. Wilson is interested in all of them. A remarkable array of still photographs present
supporting characters like Florenz Ziegfeld, Annie Oakley, Clark Gable and Zeppo Marx, all of whom have their places in this account. An even more startling collection of movie ads and posters tells a riveting tale of sexism (about ‘Baby Face’: ‘You’ve never seen anything like this frank,
man-to-man story of a man-to-man girl!’), even as they chronicle Stanwyck’s career… The book describes how she evolved from an emotion-wringing actress into a sullen, bad-girl bombshell into Stella Dallas, arguably the most soapily self-sacrificing mother ever seen on camera… Regarding Ms. Wilson’s follow-up, no studio’s publicity department could offer a better set of coming attractions.”


A Life of Barbara Stanwyck Steel-True 1907 - 1940 is published by Simon & Schuster (behold the synergy!) and they were kind enough to send me a copy of this glorious volume and offered to do a giveaway to a reader of the Daily Connoisseur.

But before we get to the giveaway, check out these beautiful images S&S sent me of Ms. Stanwyck:






And here is a video of Victoria Wilson discussing the book:



This book would make the perfect holiday present for anyone who loves those classic old Hollywood movies...

Simon & Schuster are giving away one copy of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck Steel-True 1907-1940 to a lucky reader of the Daily Connoisseur. Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to US residents only (the guidelines of this giveaway are set by the publisher, not by me). The winner will be announced on the widget one week from today. Best of luck!

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For more on Victoria Wilson, visit her at: http://www.victoriawilsonbooks.com/

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10 comments:

WMM said...

Thanks Jennifer! Even though I am not eligible to enter, I think this is a wonderful giveaway and I am definitely going to order this book on kindle!

Holly said...

My favorite actress was a bit later, Marilyn Monroe. But I'd love to learn more about Barbara Stanwyck! Read Janet Maslin's review when it came out and definitely was interested in the book.

Sarah Extance Garcia said...

I don't know too much about Barbara Stanwyck. I'm intrigued now. Hopefully I win the book to learn more...fingers crossed. Thanks for the fun giveaways.

Mlou said...

I'm a great fan of old classic movies and their stars and I don't know that I could actually pick just one star. Barbara Stanwyck was wonderful and I love watching her in "Christmas in Connecticut" every year.

Julie the Jarhead said...

I'm reading the sample from iBooks, and now my only decision is whether to buy the hardcover or the electronic.

Ardamus.com said...

Wow..
Great giveaway / contest.
I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.

Regards,
Ardamus

Diana said...

Sorry to be cliche, but no one can hold a candle to Audrey Hepburn :)

White Rock Gardener said...

I'm a Canadian, so not able to enter the contest, but always remember my Nana and Mum reading "movie magazines" (similar to People) when I was little and Barbara Stanwyck was often on the cover in glamorous gowns.

Chris said...

Audrey Hepburn is my favorite. Love Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as a classic movie. Thanks!

Deborah said...

I love Audrey Hepburn, she is someone to look to for style inspiration since her look is timeless!

 
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