Today is Tonight

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Today is Tonight
Today is Tonight (Jean Harlow novel) cover.jpg
First paperback edition cover
Author Jean Harlow
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Grove Press, Dell Publishing
Publication date
(written c.1934-37)
Media type Print (Paperback)

Today is Tonight is a novel written by Hollywood actress Jean Harlow in the mid-1930s but not published until 1965.[1]

According to Harlow's close friend Arthur Landau, in his introduction to the novel's first paperback edition by Dell Publishing, Harlow had expressed interest in writing a novel as early as 1933–1934 and completed a manuscript before her death in 1937. After her death, Landau writes, her mother sold the film rights to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and retained the publication rights, but no film was made and the novel itself remained unpublished until the mid-1960s when a family friend (who had been passed the publication rights by Harlow's mother), made an arrangement to have it published. It was published in condensed form in the July 1965 issue of Mademoiselle,[2] in hardcover in July 1965 by Grove Press[3] and in paperback later in 1965 by Dell Publishing.[4] At the time of publication, press coverage stated that screenwriter Carey Wilson assisted Harlow with the book.[2]

The novel is set in the 1920s, amongst the opulent living of the Hollywood jet-set, and focuses on one couple, Peter and Judy Lansdowne.


  1. ^ Harlow, Jean (1965). Today is Tonight. New York: Grove Press. OCLC 1374868. 
  2. ^ a b Sheppard, Eugenia (1965-06-22), "Harlow Novel Leaves No Dry Eye", The Montreal Gazette: 20, retrieved 2010-01-17 
  3. ^ "People: Jul. 16, 1965", Time, 1965-07-16 
  4. ^ Winchell, Prentice (1965-08-15), "The Reading Lamp", Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal: 16, retrieved 2009-01-17