Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown, 1922–2012, American writer and editor, b. Green Forest, Ark. A child of poverty, she became a successful advertising copywriter and wrote the best-selling Sex and the Single Girl (1962), a young woman's primer on matters sexual and financial; its sequel Sex and the New Single Girl appeared in 1970. From 1965 to 1997 she was editor of Cosmopolitan, reviving the faltering magazine by directing it toward single young career women. Under her guidance the magazine charted the accomplishments and aspirations of these women in both their public and private lives. She is widely considered the first editor to provide open discussions of sex in a women's magazine. In 1993 she published The Late Show, which was aimed at older women.

See biographies by J. Scanlon (2009), B. Hauser (2016), and G. Hirshey (2016).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Helen Gurley Brown: Selected full-text books and articles

Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown By Jennifer Scanlon Oxford University Press, 2009
America in the Sixties--Right, Left, and Center: A Documentary History By Peter B. Levy Praeger, 1998
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Editing Desire, Working Girl Wisdom, and Cupcakeable Goodness: Helen Gurley Brown and the Triumph of Cosmopolitan By Hunt, Paula D Journalism History, Vol. 38, No. 3, Fall 2012
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Swinging Single: Representing Sexuality in the 1960s By Hilary Radner; Moya Luckett University of Minnesota Press, 1999
Helenism By Thurman, Judith The New Yorker, Vol. 85, No. 13, May 11, 2009
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