Title: The Garden of Allah
Author: Sheilah Graham
Description: Second printing before publication. Green cloth boards with metallic blue lettering on spine. Very slightly spine cocked. Interior is clean. Dust jacket a bit toned; minor edge wear with a few short closed tears; price clipped. DJ in clear archival sleeve. Illustrated with many b/w photos. Index. 258 pp. 9.25 x 6.25 inches.
The story of The Garden of Allah Hotel, a notorious residential hotel located on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. Between 1926 and 1959 the hotel, being twenty-four bungalows surrounding a lotus-shaped pool, "was a prison and a playground, a sanctuary and a glorified whorehouse, where the greats of Hollywood's golden years could carry on their private lives unobserved by the public eye... it would witness robbery, murder, drunkenness, despair, divorce, marriage, orgies, pranks, fights, suicides, frustration and hope." It also served as an oasis for the intellectuals from the east coast, the Algonquin Round Table.
The register of its notable guests included Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, John O'Hara, Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, Rachmaninoff, Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall. The worked as a Hollywood reporter for 33 years and knew the hotel quite intimately; she also lived there for a spell.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Good
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Place: New York
Keywords: Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Sunset Boulevard, stars, notorious hotels,
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