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The shocking Miss Pilgrim : a writer in early Hollywood

by Maas, Frederica Sagor, 1900-2012.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3525.A1122 Z474 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3525.A1122 Z474 1999
Community Library of Castle Shannon Biography 92 MAAS Frederica Sagor
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 MAAS Frederica Sagor
In her fourth novel of the Kentucky frontier, Giles combines her fascination for the past with her gift for storytelling. Had it not been for the loyalty of men like Giles's fictional hero, Major Cassius Cartwright, General James Wilkinson's 1783 attempt to create a Spanish empire in the West might have succeeded. Interwoven with the Spanish Conspiracy are tales of struggles with Indians, of the birth of a Green River Valley town, and of the two women Cass loves: Rachel, a gentle Quaker, and Tattie, a fiery waif he rescues from Philadelphia slums. Like Giles's earlier historical novels, The Land Beyond the Mountains is an engaging story of adventure and romance. First published in 1958, this reprint gives Giles fans another lively piece of Kentucky's frontier history. Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979), author of nineteen books, lived and wrote near Knifley, Kentucky, for thirty-four years. Her biography is told in Janice Holt Giles: A Writer's Life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is a good read for those even remotely interested in Hollywood, past and present. In fact, the present Hollywood seems to have changed little, at least for the better, from when Maas was a writer. Focusing mainly on her work during the silent era, she brings the reader through to the Hollywood of World War II. At one early point in the book she tells a sad but true story about the owner of a famous Hollywood restaurant who almost overnight was deserted by "in" Hollywood for a new competitor. That a small businessman could be dumped so viciously and so undeservedly sets the stage for other hazards of working in Hollywood that come later. Maas came to Hollywood when it seemed women were given even less status than now. However, somehow Maas and her legacy survived in both film and print. A very readable personal history of an era that seems hauntingly similar to the cutthroat environment in Hollywood for writers and other creative types even today. --Marlene Chamberlain"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""This is a story that will make you angry," warns Brownlow, a noted film historian. Maas, a screenwriter during the 1920s, '30s and '40s, delivers on that promise. In 1920, she answered a New York Times classified ad from Universal Pictures, becoming, at age 23, Universal's N.Y.C. story editor. In 1925, she arrived in Hollywood, turned down a screen test and instead scripted a Clara Bow vehicle, The Plastic Age. Installed in the MGM writers' bungalow, she tackled a rewrite of Dance Madness (1926) but proved so "ignorant of studio politics" that she was labeled a "troublemaker" by producer Harry Rapf. After her 1927 marriage to script writer and producer Ernest Maas, the couple survived the coming of sound films, the Depression and various earthquakes, but dry scripting spells and the constant theft of their ideas, stories and credits led them to quit the business. In 1950 she "bid farewell, without tears, to the Hollywood screen industry that had so entangled and entrapped me in its web of promises." Maas trashes Hollywood legends, recalling Louis B. Mayer as "a very fearful, insecure man"; Clara Bow dancing nude on a tabletop; Jeanne Eagels squatting to urinate in the midst of a film set; and Marion Davies commenting on her affair with Hearst: "I'm a slave, that's what. A toy poodle." In this memorable tell-all, rise-and-fall memoir, Maas brings the gimlet hindsight of Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again to early Hollywood, and the results are thoroughly captivating. Photos. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Maas, Frederica Sagor, -- 1900-2012.
Motion picture industry -- California -- Los Angeles.
Women screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
Motion picture authorship.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Social life and customs.
Publisher Lexington, Ky. :University Press of Kentucky,1999
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xiv, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0813121221 (alk. paper)
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