Arlen, Michael These Charming People; being a tapestry of the fortunes, follies, adventures, gallantries and general activities of Shelmerdene (that lovely lady), Lord Tarlyon, Mr. Michael Wagstaffe, Mr. Ralph Wyndham Trevor and some others of their friends [etc.]
New York George H. Doran Company (c.1924) NO 2nd printing ("B") Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj
[solid copy, light shelfwear, minor fading to cloth; jacket shows wear along top and bottom edges, a few shallow chips and tiny tears, horizontal crease near top of front panel]. "The author calls his book 'a tapestry of the fortunes, follies, adventures, gallantries of a certain lovely lady and her friends and companions in this tale.' ... Mischievousness, then, is the delicate and all-important ingredient in this account of some fashionables of Mayfair." A collection of interconnected short stories (a few with fantasy/horror elements), it was published in England in 1923, a year before Arlen's sensational best-seller "The Green Hat," which vaulted him to international fame and fortune; both books were issued in the U.S. in 1924, enjoying brisk sales, and Arlen himself showed up soon after, making his first visit to America in March 1925 (when he was interviewed and profiled for the New York Times by none other than Herman Mankiewicz). "These Charming People" has been cited as the source for the 1931 film of the same name, a Paramount British production directed by Louis Mercanton and starring Cyril Maude, Godfrey Tearle and a young Ann Todd, but technically the film was derived not from the book but from its stage adaptation (by Arlen himself), which had a three-month run on Broadway in late 1925-early 1926. This is the second printing of the first American edition; jacketed copies are rather uncommon.