Our Hearts Were Young and Gay

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Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (book).jpg
First edition
Author Cornelia Otis Skinner
Emily Kimbrough
Publisher Dodd, Mead & Co.
Publication date
Pages 247 pp.
OCLC 287927

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay is a book by actress Cornelia Otis Skinner and journalist Emily Kimbrough, published in 1942. The book presents a description of their European tour in the 1920s, when they were fresh out of college from Bryn Mawr. Skinner wrote of Kimbrough, "To know Emily is to enhance one's days with gaiety, charm and occasional terror". The book was popular with readers, spending five weeks atop the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list in the winter of 1943.[1]

The book was made into a motion picture in 1944, and was dramatized by Jean Kerr in 1946.

During the Second World War, Hugh Trevor-Roper discovered that this book was used as a codebook by German intelligence.[2]


  1. ^ John Bear, The #1 New York Times Best Seller: intriguing facts about the 484 books that have been #1 New York Times bestsellers since the first list, 50 years ago, Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1992
  2. ^ Glenn P. Hastedt, editor, Spies, Wiretaps and Secret Operations: A Encyclopedia of American Intelligence, Santa Barbara, ABC-CLIO 2011, p. 253

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