'The Best Of Everything': The Original Chick-lit

05/13/2011 04:12 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

When Rona Jaffe's fast-paced, sassy tale of New York girls' office life, The Best of Everything, came out in 1958, it was an instant bestseller. Jaffe was 26 and had knocked the manuscript out in five months. She was mobbed at book signings by secretaries wanting their copies inscribed to "All the girls on the 49th floor". Shortly before her death in 2005, Jaffe wrote: "To this day women come up to me and say that the book changed their lives."

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