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Lena Dunham’s Book Proposal Leaks Online

‘Girls’ creator’s essay collection sold for $3.7 million

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Lena Dunham attends the 22nd annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall.

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The proposal for Lena Dunham’s essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, is now available for public perusal, thanks to Gawker, who acquired the document and put it online. 

Random House announced in October that it bought the 26-year-old Girls creator’s book, after a bidding war between publishers that brought the price up to $3.7 million. Dunham attracted the publishers’ attention with a 66-page illustrated proposal, decked out in vintage trade-paperback style and modeled after the advice books of legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown.

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The book offers chapters on education, work, sex, mortality and friendship, with headings like “Staying motivated, even when Bravo has a good program on” and “I didn’t fuck them but they yelled at me.” A chapter called “Psychotic overwrought emails I’ve sent to guys, or: How to ruin a perfectly good thing” promises “a collection of emails that screw the pooch, jump the gun and terrify men – and how you can avoid such a fate.”

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