Tinsel (novel)

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First edition
Author William Goldman
Cover artist Richard Huebner[1]
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
Pages 342
ISBN 0-385-29031-4

Tinsel is a 1979 novel written by William Goldman. It was the third of a four book deal he had with Delacorte Press after Marathon Man and Magic. He called it "my Hollywood novel". He began writing it on April Fools' Day 1978 and finished it five months' later.[2] Goldman says he was motivated to write it to explore the treatment of women in Hollywood.[3]

Larry McMurtry reviewing the book for the New York Times said "Mr Goldman never gets beneath the stereotypes".[4]


  1. ^ Modern first editions - a set on Flickr
  2. ^ 'BEHIND THE BEST SELLERS: WILLIAM GOLDMAN', By Judy Klemesrud. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 16 Sep 1979: BR11.
  3. ^ 'GOLDMAN: MOVIE INDUSTRY'S DEPENDABLE 'GUN FOR HIRE' ' Rosenfield, Paul. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 02 Sep 1979: m28.
  4. ^ 'Three Novels: Novels', By LARRY McMURTRY. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 26 Aug 1979: 260.