The first edition of this classic Jacqueline Susann book was published by Bernard Geis Associates in 1966. It was 442 pages long, and the original retail price was $5.95 . First edition criteria are: First Printing is stated on the copyright page with no references to subsequent printings.
Picture of the 1966 first edition dust jacket for The Valley of the Dolls.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for The Valley of the Dolls.
Picture of dust jacket where original $5.95 price is found for The Valley of the Dolls.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of The Valley of the Dolls.
Picture of the first edition Bernard Geis Associates boards for The Valley of the Dolls.
"This is the story of three gifted women, of their climb to fame and wealth, and of the soul-crushing price they pay for their precarious place on the mountain peak. Here are their worlds, behind the lights of Broadway, on the movie lots of Hollywood and Europe, in the gay nightlife of New York and Paris. Here too, is the horrible nightworld of booze and pills – pep pills, sleeping pills, red pills, blue pills, pills to chase the world away and pills to help one clutch at sanity – the lethal “dolls” of the glittering people. They are magic tickets to peace and oblivion… and even death… in the VALLEY OF THE DOLLS."
"Jacqueline Susann was born in Philadelphia; her mother was a school teacher and her father was Robert Susann, the famous portrait painter. Dazzled at the age of six by the glow of footlights, young Jacqueline announced that she was going to be an actress. Ten years later, amid protestations of New York or bust, she left Philadelphia, over family objections, for the intoxicating aura of Broadway."
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