Originally published in 1930 under the title Babe Gordon, it was renamed after the title of its film. Babe Gordon, the star of this brilliant, sophisticated novel of modern New York’s racy set, is a strange woman. She uses her beauty and her sexual allure as a soldier uses his weapons – without mercy or scruples. Her basic appeal attracts all types of men, from bruisers of the prize ring to the more refined sons of the city’s aristocracy. From her experiences with men, she is canny, worldly wise, quick thinking. But all her art, her wisdom, and her actions are devoted to love. When her passion for one man cools, she is quick to kindle it in another. Men and their rages over her transient affection do not move her. Through a situation that costs one man his life, another man his career, and the disgrace of a third lover, Babe Gordon moves deftly, coolly, the goal of all men’s eyes, the ultimate femme fatale.
M Evans & Co, 2014 (1930)
MAE WEST (1893-1980) was an American stage and film actress, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned over seven decades. She was known for her breezy sexual independence, and her lighthearted bawdy double entendres, often delivered in a husky contralto voice. She was active in vaudeville and on stage in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. West was one of the most controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered problems especially with censorship. She once quipped, “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.”She bucked the system by making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it.