Lillie Langtry: Manners, Masks and Morals

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Random House, Jan 31, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Mrs Langtry - born a provincial in 1853, died rich and lonely in 1929 - was surrounded by scandal, luxary and gossip; but this new book goes beyond these outward trappings to lift the masks that Oscar Wilde, her friend and mentor, taught her to wear. It is not so much a life as a series of lives - each one distinct from the next - as Lillie reinvented herself. At its centre are the love letters written by Lillie to Arthur Jones, her childhood friend and secret lover, at the time of her fall from Society, her near-bankruptcy, and the birth of her illegitimate daughter at a hidden address in Paris. Laura Beatty captures exactly the spirit of the age, and reveals a passionate woman for whom the charge of opportunism was by no means the whole story.

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User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

The meteoric rise and somewhat pathetic fall of Lillie Langtry was an interesting read, but I liked her much better before learning some of the details of her rather sordid personal life...however ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

LAURA BEATTY lives in the middle of Salcey, one of the very few remaining medieval hunting forests in England. The forest, she says, has provided us with food, forage, fuel, materials for building and transport - yet it is also the place where we keep our bogeys, where witches live, and where characters go in 'and come out wiser or sadder or dead or different'.

Laura Beatty is married with three children.She is the author of a biography of Lillie Langtry.

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