Live Alone And Like It
By Marjorie Hillis
A wonderfully amusing guide to living and loving the single life. A bestseller in 1936, this is a witty, no-nonsense gem from a more genteel age.
This 1936 bestseller created a phenomenon - it sold over 100,000 copies in the first two months of its release. Who can resist a book with chapters such as 'A Lady and Her Liquor', 'Pleasures of a Single Bed' and 'Solitary Refinement'?
Marjorie Hillis, a 1930s Vogue editor, provides a stylish, no-nonsense guide to living and loving single life. Written with wisdom, humour and panache, this is advice that will never go out of fashion.
'Chances are that at sometime in your life, possibly only now and then between husbands, you will find yourself settling down to a solitary existence. You may do it from choice. Lots of people do ... Whether you view your one-woman menage as Doom or Adventure (and whether you are twenty-six or sixty-six), you need a plan.'
With beautiful, stylish line drawings by a Vogue illustrator.
Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971) worked for Vogue for over twenty years, where she became assistant editor. She was one of a growing number of independent, professional women who lived alone by choice. In 1936 she wrote Live Alone and Like It, the superlative guide for 'bachelor ladies' (who became known as 'live-aloners'). It was an instant bestseller.
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10 Mar 2005
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Candace Bushnell, your time's up. Drain your cosmo and step aside. You've been usurped by yet another single-woman arbiter: Marjorie Hillis, the author of Live Alone and Like It — Saturday Post (Canada)
Richly deserves to be this year's Christmas best-seller . . . a perfect bedside companion for the post-Bridget Jones generation, who see no reason to put their lives on hold until Mr Right appears — The Daily Telegraph (Canada)