Charm, Wilson, Margery. Published by Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York, 1934. Enlarged edition. First printing. Signed by Margery Wilson free endpaper. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 137 pages; announcement of Wilson’s upcoming courses and; several blank end pages intended for the ‘reader’s ideas and points she would like to cherish’. Green cloth boards with art deco blind stamped front, gilt titles and illustration and gilt spine titles. Quality stock paper, title and half-tile pages in green text; fore-edges trimmed. Horizontal tan block to half title and otherwise volume in fine condition. Unclipped art deco jacket has tiny closed tears to edges and light scratches to front. Housed in a glassine wrapper (yellowed) within a gold box which is worn but structurally sound.
The Cultivation of Charm, Margery Wilson, Margery Wilson Institute 1148 Fifth Avenue, New York. 1933. Folded grey paper wrap over mimeographed typed pages, fastened with round metal clips (folded horizontally). 11”x 8.5”. Contains 10 Chapters (approximately 10 pages each): Charm, Being Natural, Physical Charm, Men and Women, Conversation, Correspondence, Individuality, Poise, Harmony, Summary. Top of gray wrap has split part way and pages are lightly yellowed; otherwise clean without tears or folds.
Margery Wilson (1896-1986) was an American actress in theatre and on the silent screen, a film director, producer, teacher, radio host, script writer and, the author of several books. As a silent-screen actress she appeared in 51 films, best known for her portrayal of the doomed Huguenot girl, Brown Eyes, in D. W. Griffith’s film ”Intolerance”. Charm was initially published in 1928 and grew out of a Los Angeles radio program, written and hosted by Wilson. Charm was revised and published several times as The Woman You Want to Be: Margery Wilson’s Complete Book of Charm. Wilson wrote 7 additional inspirational guide books as well as a 1956 autobiography entitled: Found My Way. Source: Walker, Janet. “Margery Wilson.” In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013.