Helen Gurley Brown adds dazzle to dull office days in her follow-up to the phenomenal bestseller Sex and the Single Girl The classic book from 1965 tells what it was really like to be the girl in a Mad Men–style workplace. Sex and the Office became the definitive, comprehensive guide to working life for an entire generation of women. Alongside advice about how to deal with your boss, manage office politics, and make the most of personal and professional opportunities in the office, Helen Gurley Brown also shares stories from her own office days. A classic of its time, this stands as a frank look at how to get ahead, not just through working hard but through playing hard, too.

ABOUT Helen Gurley Brown


    Helen Gurley Brown (1922–2012) was a bestselling writer and editor considered one of the most influential figures of Second Wave feminism. As editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan magazine for more than three decades, Brown transformed the magazine from a staid, behind-the-times women's publication to one of the most widely read magazines for young women.  

    She started out at the William Morris Agency and later moved to Foote, Cone, and Belding advertising agency as a secretary. Soon thereafter, she joined the copywriting department, where she quickly rose up the ranks and became one of the highest paid ad copywriters of the early 1960s. In 1965, she was hired to reinvent Cosmopolitan.

    Brown's trailblazing book, Sex and the Single Girl, jump-started the sexual revolution when it was published in 1962. Her fun, flirty, fearless advice helped a generation of women navigate the changing cultural norms both inside and outside the bedroom. Its success inspired a follow-up book, Sex and the Office (1965).  

    In 1959, she married David Brown, who would later become the producer of Jaws, The Sting, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, and other popular, award-winning films. The two lived in New York City and were major philanthropists, donating money to a number of cultural and educational causes.

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