New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original black cloth titled in red. 86 pp, colour frontispiece plus one black & white plate in the text. Slightly bumped, but a very good clean copy in the original printed dust wrapper which is slightly worn & browned, has a few small chips and two small pieces of tap to the verso at the spine tips. Quite a decent copy. Very Good in Dust Jacket. Item #311147
¶ Blanche Marie Louise Oelrichs (1890 -1950), sometimes called "the most beautiful woman in America". During her first marriage she had a long extramarital affair with actor John Barrymore, she later married and had a child with him. Her pseudonym used on RESURRECTING LIFE was intended to separate her high society family from the erotic content of the volume and its connection to her affair with Barrymore, but instead the vast popularity of the volume led to greater fame and noteriety. After divorcing Barrymore and remarrying and divorcing again, she spent her later years in a romantic relationship with Margaret Wise Brown, the author of GOODNIGHT MOON and many other children's books. She actually assumed the name 'Michael Strange' and used it during her entire later life.