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Gary Cooper: Enduring Style Hardcover – November 29, 2011
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"I’m telling you, you guys are going to love it! Great for men looking for old school style inspiration, great for fans of vintage photography and Old Hollywood glamour and great for women looking for a gift for their man."
"Macho, debonair, ‘catnip to women’ – all perfectly describe Gary Cooper, whose Old Hollywood elegance is celebrated in this new book.”
About the Author
Maria Cooper Janis was born in Los Angeles and grew up there with her parents, the actor Gary Cooper and his wife Veronica Cooper. A talented painter, a noted philanthropist, and a filmmaker, Maria married the world-renowned concert pianist, Byron Janis, in 1966.
Ralph Lauren is the Chairman and CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren, a global lifestyle brand representing the best in American design. Lauren’s career has spanned four decades, during which he has cultivated the iconography of America—whether it is a reflection of the New England coast, Native American culture, or Hollywood glamour—to create one of the most widely recognized families of consumer brands, worldwide.
Ruth Ansel, art director, designer, and lecturer has collaborated for over four decades with photographers, illustrators, and artists such as Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, and Annie Leibovitz. She was the youngest co-art director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in the 60s. She then went on to art direct The New York Times Magazine in the 70s, House & Garden and Vanity Fair in the 80’s, and Vogue. In the early 90’s she formed her own design studio where she continues to design magazines and books, including a master monograph for Taschen by Peter Beard. A book called Hall of Femmes about Ruth and her celebrated forty-year
career was published in 2010. Ruth was the recipient of The Art Directors prestigious 2011 Hall of Fame award.
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Top Customer Reviews
For a retail price of $60.00, I would think that this book would be of a higher quality than it is and feature lots of lush, full-page photographs. It does not. The clothes and the man wearing them radiate quality and grace but the presentation is over-reaching and too concerned with a 'distressed' or 'shabby chic' look that it overrides the glamour of the life and style of its subject. The dark brown book comes in a matching box/sleeve (as DVDs sometimes do) with the same color cover and silver print. The printing on the box is not as sharp and crisp as it might have looked as the material used is rough so the first impression of the overall look is not one of quality. It is also much smaller than I was expecting. Almost a thin text-book size rather than the coffee-table size of Janis's other book. I did not read the dimensions of the book when I ordered it so that one is my fault.
Most of the photos in this book are quite small. Big, blank pages with a small sepia photo in the middle. Some of the pages are totally blank. I guess it's supposed to be more artistic that way.Read more ›
The book is, at its core, about Cooper's style and lifestyle, not the details of his biography, and tackles the subject admirably. Cooper was never a flash guy, always preferring good taste and humility to crass flaunting of his good looks, talent, and wealth. The book does the same.
While some reviewers don't seem to like the smaller photo format, I think it's one of the best features of the book. You get the sense you're flipping through an intimate family photo album full of unposed, unpretentious pictures. These aren't publicity shots or film stills - they're pictures of a supremely elegant man living a supremely elegant life even without the public watching. It doesn't matter what film set he's on, or precisely what year the photos were taken, they're about the man in them instead of what's going on around him. Maria Cooper Janis sharing these peeks into Coop's private life is a blessing.
As always, Boyer takes a book about style and makes it so much more. The essay is short, well written, and a great companion to the photos. They speak volumes and Boyer is careful not to over talk them. The whole volume feels like a private conversation had over coffee in Cooper's living room with family and friends. Which is exactly what I wanted. Well done all.
I'm a big Coop fan and was able to buy the book used at less than half the original list price. I feel for the poor woman who posted the first review ("Disappointing") and paid top dollar. If I had paid that, I would have slipped back one star on this review. However, if you're a Coop fan with a little extra cash and spot a deal on this book, have at it.
Come on, Maria Cooper Janis! Fish the rest of those photo rejects of your parents out of the trash can and write another book, this time focusing on your parents, with more about your fascinating mother and your childhood. I know from your first book you've got plenty of material, so go to it, gal! We Coop fans are waiting!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read more detailed books about Gary Cooper, but "Enduring Style" has what you want to read and none of the phony tales that the Hollywood writers gussy up for... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by BVAUNSSON
Intriguing and enduring photos abound in a book that is short on words and "reads" like a family photo album.Published on July 12, 2013 by Alan Berg
This is a very beautiful book of photographs of Gary Cooper. I never realized what a stylish man he was. Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by K. Paulson
Book browsing this afternoon, I was once again caused to wonder why people write Amazon reviews. Are they prompted by simple altruism and the hope that they'll lead others to a... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Jim Nechas
Just sliding G. Bruce Boyer's and Maria Cooper Janis' book on Gary Cooper out its linen container is a tactile treat. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by PMF
I bought "Gary Cooper: Enduring Style" as a gift for friends who are fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's a handsome volume, beautifully produced. Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Kathyngs
Some of the reviews here surprised me. It seems that some people are looking for a reprise of a previous book on Cooper by his daughter. Hint: You can just read it again. Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Essay fan
I also pre-ordered this book. Couldn't wait for it to come. And was THRILLED when I finally saw it! I love the dark brown linen, silver type, and black/white photo on the cover and... Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Holly Hart