|About the Book|
When reading other books set in the late 19th century/early 20th century, I had frequently come across the names of both sisters, so when I happened to see this biography on the shelf at The Strand, I snatched it up. Im glad I did. The sisters lived during such an amazing time in history and knew many famous & important people of the era. Lady Duff was on the Titanic, designed clothes for the Zeigfeld Follies, created the concept of fashion shows, gave Elsie de Wolfe her start, etc. Elinor was a best selling novelist who hung out with all the royal families of Europe & Russia, was mistress to Lord Curzon (Viceroy of India & later Foreign Secretary), moved to Hollywood & worked with all the major stars of the era(Chaplin, Pickford, Fairbanks etc) and coined the term It Girl for Clara Bow. The sisters werent perfect. I would not have wanted them as a mother or a sister or even a close friend, but their mistakes and foibles make for a good story! Well worth reading if at all interested in the Belle Epoque or WWI or the Jazz Age.