Last of the Dandies: The Scandalous Life and Escapades of Count D'Orsay

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Macmillan, Mar 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 467 pages
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From his first appearance in London in 1821 until his death in Paris in 1852, Count D'Orsay dominated and scandalized the whole of European society. For three decades he was the ultimate arbiter in matters of taste and style -- what D'Orsay wore today, society would wear tomorrow.

He also enthralled Society with the thirty-year soap opera of his relationship with Lady Blessington,whose daughter he married and with whose husband he was supected of having had an affair. Bisexual, flamboyant and outrageous, D'Orsay was said to have ruined the cream of British aristocracy. He toured Europe on an enormous spending spree; paid homage to a dying Lord Byron in Italy, set up a racing course in Notting Hill and a gambling den in St James's.

Nick Foulkes' vivid biography of an astonishingly flamboyant figure is also the dazzling portrait of an era.
  

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Review: Last of the Dandies: The Scandalous Life and Escapades of Count D'Orsay

User Review  - Keck - Goodreads

Some interesting tidbits about fashion, society, history, and gossip circulating 19th-century Paris and London. A clear/brief summary of the political turmoil in France from the late 18th century to ... Read full review

Review: Last of the Dandies: The Scandalous Life and Escapades of Count D'Orsay

User Review  - Rebecca Bugge - Goodreads

I really wanted to like this book. And I really didn't. For me there was two problems with this book that I just couldn't get past. The first one is that after reading this biography of count d'Orsay ... Read full review

Contents

Pans Fashion
12
Blackmail and Revolution
187
Return to London
213
Breakup of a Marriage
225
The Glass of Fashion
242
Man about Town and Country Man of Letters
258
Gore House
285
Track and Stage
296
Societys Favourite Artist
339
Revolution Abroad Collapse at Home
357
y Auction in London and a Death in Paris
370
Coup dEtat
390
Burial and Obituaries
403
NOTES
409
BIBLIOGRAPHY
424
INDEX
451

Man of Destiny
312

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About the author (2005)

Formerly Associate Editor of the London Evening Standard's ES magazine, Nick Foulkes writes regularly fo rthe Financial Times, Country Life, High Life and the Mail on Sunday Review, "Night and Day." He is also a contributing editor at GQ.

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