The Best of Everything (1958) is Rona Jaffe's first novel. It is the story of five young employees of a New York publishing company.
In 1959, the novel was adapted into a film of the same name released by Twentieth Century Fox directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Diane Baker, Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Robert Evans, Brian Aherne and Joan Crawford. Longtime Fox music director Alfred Newman wrote the final musical score of his contract with the studio for the film.
The novel was also adapted into a soap opera of the same name written by James Lipton. The show aired on ABC from March 30 to September 25, 1970.
An off-Broadway play adaptation of the novel, adapted and directed by Julie Kramer, opened in October 2012 at HERE Arts Center in New York.