MISTRESS OF MAYFAIR


MISTRESS OF MAYFAIR

LYNDSY SPENCE    Book Number: 86778    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'Men, Money and The Marriage of Doris Delevingne' here is a book about a woman who lived at the centre of things, yet formed no attachments or ties and is often misquoted and misreported. Unlike other 1920s and 30s socialites and scandalous figures, Doris was discreet in print. She made no boasts of her liaisons and committed herself to no-one. Her letters to powerful men including Winston Churchill and Lord Beaverbrook were locked away in archives. The most important man in her life was undoubtedly Valentine Edward Charles Browne, styled Viscount Castlerosse, and both were motivated by money, their own and other people's. Doris was a nonconformist, neither a flapper, a Bright Young Thing or a bohemian, just an ordinary girl who created a lifestyle of debauchery in pursuit of riches. Her name is scattered like confetti in the gossip columns of the time at home and abroad and in the diaries and letters of Cecil Beaton, Gerald Berners, Peter Watson and Edith Olivier. She was photographed for Vogue and painted by Winston Churchill and Sir John Lavery RA and was the muse for Noël Coward's Private Lives and Michael Arlen's The Green Hat. She had affairs with Cecil Beaton, Diana Mitford and Winston Churchill and her tempestuous marriage eventually degenerated into one of London's bitterest and most talked about divorce battles. The book explores the couple's decadent society lives in revelatory detail. She was 'a regal beauty with a viper's tongue'. 254pp in illustrated paperback.
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ISBN 9780750984249
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