Author(s): Hugh M. Hefner
This title deals with the life and times of Hugh M. Hefner. This is an illustrated autobiography with highlights from Playboy's first 25 years. Hugh M. Hefner presents an illustrated autobiography with chronological highlights from Playboy's first 25 years. His personal life and career - from cartoon-drawing childhood to astonishing success with Playboy - are revealed in the most intimate portrait ever. Released on the 60th anniversary of the magazine, this sumptuous six-volume anthology celebrates the decadence, sophistication and wit of the original men's magazine and its creator. Hugh Hefner's Playboy highlights the extraordinary years from 1953 to 1979, with a selection of each era's spiciest centerfolds and writing by literary icons Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac and Ray Bradbury, as well as some of the most important Playboy interviews, including Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Richard Nixon, and Roman Polanski. A wealth of never-before-seen ephemera from Hefner's personal archives includes original artwork, cartoons and correspondence, and a long autobiographical text about his youth, military service, early career as a cartoonist, numerous girlfriends and eventual success with Playboy. A vast selection of personal photos - many previously unseen - include behind-the-scenes shots from the Playboy Mansion, Playboy Clubs, and the Big Bunny jet. This is the definitive history of Playboy and its legendary founder.
The editor and author:
Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926. He served as an infantry clerk in the U.S. Army during World War II and received his bachelor of art degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1949. He started "Playboy" magazine in 1953, and currently resides in Los Angeles.