Sleeping with Bad Boys: A 1956 Playboy Model's Escapades with James Dean, Hugh Hefner, Norman Mailer and the famous writers of the 1950's beat Generation

Sleeping with Bad Boys: A 1956 Playboy Model's Escapades with James Dean, Hugh Hefner, Norman Mailer and the famous writers of the 1950's beat Generation

by Alice Denham
     
 

Alice Denham's lusty memoir is a juicy tell-all about a time when male writers were gods and an aspiring and gorgeous female novelist tries to win respect—and sometimes more. Caught between the sheets are James Dean, Norman Mailer, Hugh Hefner, Philip Roth, and William Gaddis. The steam rises page by page as Denham—the only Playboy Playmate to have her

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Alice Denham's lusty memoir is a juicy tell-all about a time when male writers were gods and an aspiring and gorgeous female novelist tries to win respect—and sometimes more. Caught between the sheets are James Dean, Norman Mailer, Hugh Hefner, Philip Roth, and William Gaddis. The steam rises page by page as Denham—the only Playboy Playmate to have her fiction published in the same issue as her centerfold—chases her dream of writing as a young, oversexed beauty in the literary swirl of 1950s Greenwich Village, New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Stacey D'Erasmo
Wry, gossipy, apparently possessed of an extraordinary memory and nobody’s fool (“What these hotsy male writers knew about love was nada”), Denham nevertheless emerges as a somewhat poignant figure. A feminist critique of her position in those years weaves through the book — what happened to women who liked sex, the incredible arrogance of the male lit stars, the hypocrisy of the age — but the younger Denham, the eager black-clad artiste and adventurer, seems heartbreakingly credulous.
— The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580422062
Publisher:
Cardoza Publishing
Publication date:
11/07/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Alice Denham is the author of three novels and has written articles for Cosmopolitan, The Nation, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, The Village Voice, and The Washingtonian. She lives in New York City and San Miguel, Mexico.

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