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Signed Hugh Hefner Biography
“Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream.” -Hugh Hefner
“Mr. Playboy, The Hugh Hefner and the American Dream” by Steven Watts
The real Hugh Hefner-the extraordinary inside story of an American icon.
When Hugh Hefner quit his job at Esquire to start a magazine called Playboy, he didn't just want to make money, he wanted to change the world. The first issue of Playboy had a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, an article on the Dorsey brothers, and a feature on desk design for the modern office, called "Gentlemen, Be Seated." Hefner wrote much of the copy himself and drew all the cartoons, but the most memorable part by far was the set of pictures he bought from a local calendar printer of a scantily clad Marilyn Monroe.
In this wise and penetrating biography, intellectual historian Steven Watts looks at what Hugh Hefner went onto become, and how he took America with him. Hefner became one of the most hated and envied celebrities in America, dating a long list of his magazine's beauties and always standing just barely on the wrong side of decency and moral uprightness. He also, at one time, had 7 million subscribers to his magazine. Though in time he would lose readers to more explicit magazines, the Playboy brand never lost its luster.
This amazing book is in beautiful condition and includes it’s well maintained dust jacket. This book is very unique in the way that it has been inscribed on the opening page by both the writer, Steven Watts, and also beautifully signed in Black felt tip pen, by Mr. Hugh Hefner, in his own hand.
Hugh Hefner’s signature has been authenticated by third party experts from the top authenticators in the country. Notarized certificates of authenticity are included in a black leather portfolio with this item. Copies of the original authentications are kept on file with Billionaire Collectibles and can be retrieved by the original purchaser.
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