Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.31 at 20:21
Current mood: optimistic
Above is one of my very favorite portraits of Carole Lombard, one that’s probably familiar to some of you as on the rear dust jacket cover of Larry Swindell’s 1975 book “Screwball,” which probably remains the best known Lombard biography. I show it here because we’ve just received more news on an upcoming volume which may supplant it. In fact, I’ll let its author-to-be, Michelle Morgan, explain it from her Facebook site:
I’m really surprised to see that my Carole Lombard book is on Amazon already! Along with a publication date — September 2016. It can be pre-ordered here:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carole-Lombard-Twentieth-Century-Michelle-Morgan/dp/075096605X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433068548&sr=8-1&keywords=Carole+Lombard+twentieth+century+star.
The official announced release date is Sept. 5, 2016 in the United Kingdom (from The History Press); that’s Labor Day in the U.S., although a date for any American release won’t be known for a while. We also know that it apparently will have the title Morgan requested — “Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star” — and that its length will be 256 pages. (How early in the process are we? Morgan’s book on Thelma Todd won’t be released for another five months, and she only received word about the approval of her Lombard project about 10 days ago.)
One thing we don’t know yet is what the cover photo will be. According to Morgan, “They will chose the pic once they have received all of my photos in December. I’m busy buying some lovely original photos as we speak.” It’s too bad this photo doesn’t come in a vertical version, because it perfectly captures Carole’s warm, playful personality: