All well but unhappily married, between the 1870s and 1890s, these women sought freedom and fulfillment by reinventing themselves, as icons. Against a rich historical backdrop, hunts, dinners, Weber takes the reader into these women's daily lives of masked balls, court visits, nights at the opera or theater.
Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris #ad - At their fabled salons, composers, designers, they inspired the creativity of several generations of writers, visual artists, and journalists. Proust, as a twenty-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.
But we see as well the loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless, arranged marriages that constricted these women's lives.
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the RevolutionHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Weber surveys marie antoinette's "revolution in dress, struggling to survive Versailles's rigid traditions of royal glamour twelve-foot-wide hoopskirts, " covering each phase of the queen's tumultuous life, beginning with the young girl, whalebone corsets that crushed her organs. Weber's queen is sublime, human, and surprising: a sometimes courageous monarch unwilling to allow others to determine her destiny.
As queen, marie antoinette used stunning, often extreme costumes to project an image of power and wage war against her enemies. Gradually, she began to lose her hold on the French when she started to adopt "unqueenly" outfits the provocative chemise that, surprisingly, however, would be adopted by the revolutionaries who executed her.
Weber's book is not only a stylish and original addition to Marie Antoinette scholarship, but also a moving, revelatory reinterpretation of one of history's most controversial figures. The paradox of her tragic story, according to Weber, is that fashion—the vehicle she used to secure her triumphs—was also the means of her undoing.
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution #ad - In queen of fashion, and explains through lively, Caroline Weber shows how Marie Antoinette developed her reputation for fashionable excess, illuminating new research the political controversies that her clothing provoked. In this dazzling new vision of the ever-fascinating queen, a dynamic young historian reveals how Marie Antoinette's bold attempts to reshape royal fashion changed the future of FranceMarie Antoinette has always stood as an icon of supreme style, but surprisingly none of her biographers have paid sustained attention to her clothes.
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint LaurentSt. Martin's Press #ad - Descending in a direct line from coco chanel and elsa schiaparelli, aged just sixty-four, as the “highest of haute bohemia, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, ” a feckless adventuress in the art of living—and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without. Yves was the most influential designer of his times; possibly also the most neurasthenic.
Loulou & yves unspools an elusive fashion idol—nymphomaniacal, heedless and up to her bracelets in coke and Boizel champagne—at the core of what used to be called “le beau monde. ”. Behind yves’s encomiums are a pair of aristocrat parents—loulou’s shiftless French father and menacingly chic English mother—who abandoned her to a childhood of foster care and sexual abuse; Loulou’s recurring desperation to leave Yves and go out on her own; and the grandiose myths surrounding her family.
Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent #ad - No one interested in fashion, style, or the high-flying intrigues of café society will want to miss Christopher Petkanas’s exuberantly entertaining oral biography Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent. Dauntless, “in the bone” style made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century.
Loulou felt that her life had been kidnapped by the operatic workings of the House of Saint Laurent, and in her last years faced financial ruin. But another, darker story lifts the veil on Loulou, a classic “number two” with a contempt for convention, and exposes the underbelly of fashion at its highest level.
In an exquisitely intimate, sometimes painful personal and professional relationship, Loulou was his creative right hand, muse, alter ego and the virtuoso behind all the flamboyant accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL “look.
Proust's Way: A Field Guide to In Search of Lost TimeW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Proust's way, the culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, will serve as the next generation's guide to one of the world's finest writers of fiction. Shattuck leaves us not only with a deepened appreciation of Proust's great work but of all great literature as well. Richard bernstein, the density, new york timesfor any reader who has been humbled by the language, or the sheer weight of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, Roger Shattuck is a godsend.
Here, praises some translations, shattuck laments Proust's defenselessness against zealous editors, and presents Proust as a novelist whose philosophical gifts were matched only by his irrepressible comic sense. Winner of the national book award for marcel proust, shattuck now offers a useful and eminently readable guidebook to Proust's epic masterpiece, a sweeping examination of Proust's life and works, and a contemplation of memory and consciousness throughout great literature.
Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of PowerVintage #ad - Renton captures, with nuance and depth, the great war, and the tragedy at the center of all their lives as the privilege and bliss of the Victorian age gave way to the Edwardian era, their complex wrangling between head and heart, and the passing of an opulent world. They lived in a world of luxurious excess, the "house of the age, " designed, by the visionary architect, in 1876, the exquisite Wiltshire house on 4, a world of splendor at 44 Belgrave Square, and later at the even more vast Clouds, 000 acres, Philip Webb; the model for Henry James's The Spoils of Poynton.
They were bred with the pride of the Plantagenets and raised with a fierce belief that their family was exceptional. The three dazzlingly beautiful, wildly rich Wyndham sisters, part of the four hundred families that made up Britain's ruling class, at the center of cultural and political life in late-Victorian/Edwardian Britain.
Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power #ad - . They avoided the norm at all costs and led the way to a blending of aristocracy and art. Their group came to be called the souls, artists, whose members from 1885 to the 1920s included the most distinguished politicians, and thinkers of their time. In those wild wyndhams, claudia Renton gives us a dazzling portrait of one of England's grandest, noblest families.
Here are their complex, idiosyncratic lives; their opulent, privileged world; their romantic, roiling age. They were confidantes to british prime ministers, poets, and artists, writers, their lives entwined with the most celebrated and scandalous figures of the day, from Oscar Wilde to Henry James. They were the lovers of great men--or men of great prominence.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Eric karpeles has translated this brilliant and altogether unparalleled feat of the critical imagination into English for the first time, in reckoning with Proust’s great meditation on memory, and in a thoughtful introduction he brings out how, Czapski helped his fellow officers to remember that there was a world apart from the world of the camp.
The first translation of painter and writer Józef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II. During the second world war, as a prisoner of war in a soviet camp, and with nothing but memory to go on, the Polish artist and soldier Józef Czapski brought Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp New York Review Books Classics #ad - Recalling that triumphant wager, unfolding, the intricacies of Proust’s world night after night, like Sheherazade, Czapski showed to men at the end of their tether that the past remained present and there was a future in which to hope. In a series of lectures, and movingly evoked the work’s originality, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust’s masterpiece, sketched major and minor characters in striking detail, depth, and beauty.
. Proust had staked the art of the novelist against the losses of a lifetime and the imminence of death.
Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and PowerSt. Martin's Press #ad - Now, through his own conversations with the woman herself and interviews with the great men and remarkable women on whom she built her empire, social historian and biographer William Stadiem pierces the veil of Claude’s secret, forbidden universe of pleasure and privilege. By the 1950s, she was the richest and most celebrated self-made woman in Europe, as much of a legend as Coco Chanel.
Born fernande grudet, a poor jewish girl in the aristocratic chateau city of Angers, the future Madame led a life of high adventure—resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, gun moll of the Corsican Mafia and erstwhile streetwalker—before becoming the ultimate broker between beauty and power.
Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power #ad - She harnessed the emerging postwar technology of the telephone to create the concept of the call girl. The names on her client list were epic—kennedy, sinatra, the Shah, Brando, Picasso, Onassis, McQueen, Rothschild, Qaddafi, Agnelli, Niarchos, Chagall, and that's just for starters. The life of madame claude, the brilliant and complicated and utterly amoral woman behind the most glamorous and successful escort service in the world.
In post-wwii paris, madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. But madame claude wasn't just selling sex—she was the world's ultimate matchmaker, the Dolly Levi of the Power Elite. She was also one of the most controversial—and most wanted—women in the world. Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters.
The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan CultureMetropolitan Books #ad - At the center of the book is a poignant love triangle: the russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot, an art critic, theater manager, with whom Turgenev had a long and intimate relationship; and her husband Louis Viardot, and republican activist. By 1900, the same paintings reproduced, the same music played in homes and heard in concert halls, the same books were being read across the continent, the same operas performed in all the major theatres.
Drawing from a wealth of documents, letters, and other archival materials, acclaimed historian Orlando Figes examines the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. It was also the first age of cultural globalization—an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, musical, overcoming the barriers of nationalism and facilitating the development of a truly European canon of artistic, and literary works.
. From the “master of historical narrative” Financial Times, richly detailed, a dazzling, panoramic work—the first to document the genesis of a continent-wide European culture. The nineteenth century in Europe was a time of unprecedented artistic achievement. Vivid and insightful, The Europeans shows how such cosmopolitan ferment shaped artistic traditions that came to dominate world culture.
The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture #ad - Together, liszt, berlioz, dickens, the schumanns, and dostoyevsky, Hugo, Chopin, Flaubert, Turgenev and the Viardots acted as a kind of European cultural exchange—they either knew or crossed paths with Delacroix, Brahms, among many other towering figures. As figes observes, nearly all of civilization’s great advances have come during periods of heightened cosmopolitanism—when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations.
The Man in the Red CoatKnopf #ad - From the man booker prize-winning author of the sense of an Ending—a rich, witty, via the remarkable life story of the pioneering surgeon, revelatory tour of Belle Époque Paris, Samuel Pozzi. In time, but who were they then and what was the significance of their sojourn to England? Answering these questions, each of these men would achieve a certain level of renown, Julian Barnes unfurls the stories of their lives which play out against the backdrop of the Belle Époque in Paris.
The man in the red coat is, at once, a fresh portrait of the belle Époque; an illuminating look at the longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France; and a life of a man who lived passionately in the moment but whose ideas and achievements were far ahead of his time. Our guide through this world is samuel pozzi, the society doctor, free-thinker and man of science with a famously complicated private life who was the subject of one of John Singer Sargent's greatest portraits.
The Man in the Red Coat #ad - In the summer of 1885, a count, three frenchmen arrived in London for a few days' intellectual shopping: a prince, and a commoner with an Italian name. In this vivid tapestry of people henry james, among many others, sarah bernhardt, we see not merely an epoch of glamour and pleasure, surprisingly, and time, Oscar Wilde, prejudice, Proust, place, James Whistler, but, one of violence, and nativism—with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine.
Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A MemoirNan A. Talese #ad - Her seven-year relationship with the forceful and difficult Beauvoir required a radical change in approach and yielded another groundbreaking literary profile while also awakening Bair to an era of burgeoning feminist consciousness. Drawing on bair's extensive notes from the period, including never-before-told anecdotes and details considered impossible to publish at the time, Parisian Lives gives us an entirely new perspective on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers.
It is also a warmly personal reflection on the writing life--its compromises, its joys, and its rewards. The next seven years of probing conversations, singular encounters with Beckett's friends, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography, which went on to win the National Book Award and propel Bair to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir.
Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir #ad - Bair, who resorted to dodging one subject or the other by hiding out in the great cafés of Paris, learned that what works in terms of process for one biography rarely applies to the next. Plus, there was a catch: Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other--and lived in the same neighborhood. A publishers weekly best book of the yearnational book award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art.
In 1971 deirdre bair was a journalist and a recently minted Ph. D. Who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett.
In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable WorkersThe New Press #ad - These are some of the workplaces where female workers have suffered brutal sexual assault and shocking harassment at the hands of their employers, often with little or no official recourse. Moving and inspiring, this book will change our understanding of the lives of immigrant women. In this harrowing yet often inspiring tale, domestic workers, investigative journalist Bernice Yeung exposes the epidemic of sexual violence levied against women farmworkers, and janitorial workers and charts their quest for justice in the workplace.
Yeung takes readers on a journey across the country, introducing us to women who came to America to escape grinding poverty only to encounter sexual violence in the United States. Office parks in Southern California under cover of night. In a day’s work exposes the underbelly of economies filled with employers who take advantage of immigrant women’s need to earn a basic living.
In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers #ad - When these women find the courage to speak up, Yeung reveals, they are too often met by apathetic bosses and underresourced government agencies. The home of an elderly man in Miami. 2019 pulitzer prize finalist in general nonfictionwinner of the pen/john Kenneth Galbraith Award Winner of the 2018 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice“In a Day’s Work is a.
But in a day’s work also tells a story of resistance, introducing a group of courageous allies who challenge dangerous and discriminatory workplace conditions alongside aggrieved workers—and win.