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Gwen Davis (born May 11, 1936) is an American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, journalist and poet.

Davis has written seventeen novels, including the bestselling The Pretenders. She has also written songs, reviews, and numerous articles. She has written for online publications such as the Huffington Post and maintains a popular personal blog, "Report from the Front" and also a blog reviewing Broadway theater productions, "Will Blog for Broadway."

Davis grew up in New York, in Manhattan. Her parents were divorced. Her father, real estate developer Lew Davis, later served as mayor of Tucson, winning office in 1961..

She attended Bryn Mawr College. In 1954, at the age of eighteen, she went to Paris to study music and sang in a nightclub there until she gave into her mother's pleas to return to the U.S. She moved to California and continued singing, performing at the Purple Onion. She also obtained an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University. She was part of the Hollywood social scene from the late 1950s, coming into contact with a wide range of celebrities and befriending Dennis Hopper and many others. Some of her experiences inspired her first novel, Naked in Babylon. She married businessman and producer Don Mitchell, with whom she had two children, a daughter and a son. One of the Mitchells' mocking Academy Awards parties was the subject of a Time magazine article in 1970, which mentioned some of the celebrities -- Shirley MacLaine, ZsaZsa Gabor, Lee Marvin and others...Davis and Mitchell counted among their friends.

One of her novels, Touching, published in 1971 was not a commercial success, but it resulted in a highly controversial lawsuit. Davis spent twenty hours at Sandstone, a Topanga Canyon therapy center run by E. Paul Bindrim, who was known as the "father of Nude Psychotherapy". Bindrim, once nearly kicked out of the American Psychological Association, was known for holding what he called "nude marathons" -- several clients were "placed in a warm pool for long sessions of touching and massaging, talking and sometimes shouting or acting out rage." . Davis always claimed she had used her real-life experiences to inspire fiction, but that Bindrim was not the psychologist in her fictional story, and did not resemble him...her character was overweight, had long hair, and had a Ph.D. By the time the case came to trial, Bindrim, who previously had only a masters degree, changed his appearance and obtained a Ph.D. from International College, founded in 1970, and which at the time claimed it had "no classrooms, no lecture halls, no resident faculty." These changes made him appear more like the psychologist in the book. He won his suit against Davis and her publisher, Doubleday. Doubleday then sued Davis, which raised the ire of many writers organizations and won Davis the support of Kurt Vonnegut and others.

Davis continues to write. She travels widely and has lived in Europe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. She currently resides in New York.

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Total Books: 44
The Motherland
2005 - The Motherland (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781598002096
ISBN-10: 1598002090
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Tail of Two Puppies
2005 - A Tail of Two Puppies (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781419608186
ISBN-10: 1419608185
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Liebhabereien Ein erotisches Lesebuch
2002 - Liebhabereien Ein Erotisches Lesebuch (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783426621752
ISBN-10: 3426621754

2000 - Lovesong (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780739405963
ISBN-10: 0739405969
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

West of Paradise
1999 - West of Paradise (Audio Cassette)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780786114771
ISBN-10: 0786114770
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1992 - Jade (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446363013
ISBN-10: 0446363014
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Jade A Novel
1991 - Jade a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446515849
ISBN-10: 0446515841
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

The Princess and the Pauper An Erotic Fairy Tale
1989 - The Princess and the Pauper an Erotic Fairy Tale (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780316174992
ISBN-10: 0316174998
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Silk Lady
1987 - Silk Lady (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446344852
ISBN-10: 0446344850
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

1987 - Pretenders (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446345637
ISBN-10: 0446345636
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Silk Lady
1986 - Silk Lady (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780446513456
ISBN-10: 0446513458
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

1983 - Marriage (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780821711224
ISBN-10: 0821711229
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Ladies in Waiting
1980 - Ladies in Waiting (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780449243312
ISBN-10: 0449243311
Genre: Romance

The Set
1979 - The Set (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780450041839
ISBN-10: 0450041832
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1978 - Motherland (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671823900
ISBN-10: 0671823906

1978 - Aristocrats (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553100976
ISBN-10: 0553100971
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Kingdom Come
1974 - Kingdom Come (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780425025307
ISBN-10: 0425025306

War Babies
1973 - War Babies (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780552656092
ISBN-10: 0552656097
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1971 - Touching (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780451492708
ISBN-10: 0451492706

Naked in Babylon
1960 - Naked in Babylon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451034236
ISBN-10: 0451034236

Ladies in waiting A novel
Ladies in Waiting a Novel (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780025298507
ISBN-10: 002529850X