In one of the most heated literary auctions of the year, Random House has officially acquired 26-year-old “Girls” creator Lena Dunham’s 66-page book proposal for a whopping $3.5 million.The book will be a collection of essays tentatively titled “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned.”
While bidding started at $1 million and went beyond even $3.5 million, “Ms. Dunham chose Random House Publishing Group over the weekend after meeting with several publishers as late as Friday afternoon,” reports The New York Times.
Susan Kamil, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Random House, who purchased both U.S. and Canadian rights to the book, confirmed the acquisition on Monday, stating:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable—fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author.”
Dunham also confirmed the news, saying she is “thrilled to be working with and learning from the brilliant minds at Random House, and to be among their incredible roster of authors. I look forward to digging deep with Andy [The essay collection will be edited by Andy Ward, an executive editor at Random House] and co. to produce the most thoughtful and personal book I can.”
The book proposal cites Helen Gurley Brown’s Having It All as a kind of inspiration and will contain advice-offering essays about everything from sex and friendship to work and eating disorders.
One chapter is reportedly titled “Body” and reads, “Red lipstick with a sunburn: How to dress for a business meeting and other hard-earned fashion lessons from the size 10 who went to the Met Ball.”
Random House hopes that Dunham’s hefty pay day will result in the same success as Tina Fey’s best-selling memoir “Bossypants,” for which the “30 Rock” creator received a reported $5 million.
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