Released on the 60th anniversary of the magazine, Hugh Hefner presents an illustrated autobiography with chronological highlights from Playboy’s first 25 years. His personal life and career—from cartoon-drawing childhood to astonishing success with Playboy—are revealed.
This is a six-volume anthology (published by Taschen) celebrates the decadence, sophistication and wit of the original men’s magazine and its creator.
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy highlights the extraordinary years from 1953 to 1979, with a selection of each era’s spiciest centerfolds (of course) but also includes the writings by literary icons Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming and Ray Bradbury, as well as some Playboy interviews, including Jimmy Carter and Albert Schweitzer—baring truth to the saying that “I read Playboy…for the articles.”
The six volumes are a wealth of never-before-seen ephemera from Hefner’s personal archives and includes original artwork, cartoons and correspondence, and a long autobiographical text about his youth, military service, early career as a cartoonist, numerous girlfriends and eventual success with Playboy. A vast selection of personal photos—many previously unseen—include behind-the-scenes shots from the Playboy Mansion, Playboy Clubs, and the Big Bunny jet.
You can purchase the six volume set via Amazon.com here.