Elinor Glyn And Her (Infamous) “Three Weeks”

Happy weekend everyone! Since I’ve been pretty busy with a new (silent film-related!) project this week I decided to reshare one of my personal favorite “Personalities” articles. Because heaven knows one dose of Elinor Glyn is never enough! Hope you enjoy.

Silent-ology

Would you like to sin
With Elinor Glyn
On a tiger skin?
Or would you prefer
To err with her
On some other fur?

Disciples of early Hollywood have all run across this ditty at one time or another. Penned by an anonymous joker, it poked fun at a famous scene from writer Elinor Glyn’s infamous novel Three Weeks, the steamy romance that swiftly became a sensation when it was published in 1907 and remained a big seller well into the 1920s. It was the Twilight of–no, scratch that–the Fifty Shades of Gray of its day. Predictably, the phenomenon wouldn’t go unnoticed by Hollywoodland…and Hollywoodland wouldn’t go unnoticed by Elinor Glyn.

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