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The Women. A Play
New York: Random House, 1937. Later printing. xvi, [ii], 215, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Publisher's rose cloth. Spine darkened, some light wear to spine ends. Inscribed "John H.H. Lyon 1937" on front pastedown. Later printing. xvi, [ii], 215, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed. Inscribed on the title-page, "For Professor John H. Lyon, who is responsible for my very first 'personal appearance.' Clare Boothe." John Henry Hobart Llyon was an English professor at Columbia University who taught a course called "Literature of Today" and invited well-known contemporary authors to lecture. The Columbia student newspaper called Professor Lyon "Jovial John" and called his course the "best-known lecture course in the Univsersity." Among the authors who appeared in the 1939-1942 period were Thomas Mann, Kenneth Roberts, Orson Welles, Stephen Benet, Erskine Caldwell, Somerset Maugham, Moss Hart, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Clare Boothe lectured in Lyon's course in 1942, an experience undoubtedly referred to in her inscription. Lyon (1876) was from Short Hills, NJ, received his AB from Columbia in 1897, his AM in 1898 and his PhD in 1918. Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), one of the most celebrated women of her time, had an early career in fashion magazine editing, then went on to write several successful plays, notably The Women (1936) and Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1938). She married Time co-founder Henry R. Luce, became active in GOP politics and served as a congresswoman from Connecticut 1943-47. In 1953 she was appointed Ambassador to Italy, the first American woman to hold such a high ranking post.
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