Doubleday publishers, New York; "First Edition" stated; hardbound with black boards and silver lettering on spine; wonderful historic photographs in book; quite good condition of book with clean pages and tight binding; dust jacket in good conditon; see pics.
"Salad days" is a Shakespearean idiomatic expression meaning a youthful time, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, innocence, or indiscretion that one associates with a young person. A more modern use, especially in the United States, refers to a heyday, a period when somebody was at the peak of their abilities—not necessarily in that person's youth.
The Salad Days re-creates a time and place that will never be seen again. Here is father Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., and other screen legends such as Charlie Chaplin and stepmother Mary Pickford...mythic moviemaking that included The Dawn Patrol, Little Caesar; The Prisoner of Zenda, and Gunga Din...marriage to Joan Crawford at age 19...friendships and liaisons with glamorous women...stories of lifelong cronies Laurence Olivier, Noel Coward, and David Niven, and mentors John Barrymore and Lord Mountbatten.
The Salad Days, the first volume of his autobiography, spans the twenties and thirties and ends in 1941..."