Love Cecil

A Journey with Cecil Beaton
Author: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Publisher: ABRAMS
ISBN: 9781419726606
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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In Love, Cecil, Lisa Immordino Vreeland offers an evocative por�trait of this talented whirlwind whose creative work captured many facets of the 20th century. Using photography, drawings, letters, and scrapbooks by Beaton and his contemporaries, along with excerpts from his sparkling diaries and other writ�ings, Immordino Vreeland brings his spirit to life in a way that no previous book has been able to do. Immordino Vreeland organizes her book around the circles of Beaton's daily life: the people who inspired and influenced him, his colorful friends, his fellow photographers, his Hollywood conquests, his wartime service, and his English roots. This cavalcade offers a shimmering vision of high style, but it also captures often-troubled souls struggling to create the open, tolerant, creative worlds of art and culture that we have inherited today.

Der englische Patient

Author: Michael Ondaatje
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783937793221
Page: 313
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Der Zufall verschlägt 4 Menschen unterschiedlichster Herkunft gegen Ende des 2. Weltkrieges in eine zerbombte Villa in der Toskana und verbindet sie zu einer Notgemeinschaft.

Frühstück mit Lucian Freud

Author: Geordie Greig
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3312006260
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Um das Leben des Malers Lucian Freud ranken sich viele Gerüchte – nicht zuletzt, weil er Privates rigoros vor der Öffentlichkeit abschirmte. Geordie Greig gehörte zu Freuds engsten Vertrauten, mit ihm teilte er Geschichten aus seinem Leben, das voller Arbeitswut, grausamer Rücksichtslosigkeit und einer fatalen Hang zum Glücksspiel war. Greig enthüllt in seiner Biographie eine faszinierende Persönlichkeit, für die jeder aus der High Society liebend gern Modell sitzen wollte, obwohl es monatelange Tortur bedeutete. Illustriert mit vielen unbekannten Fotos und Bildern, ist diese Biographie eines der bedeutendsten Maler des 20. Jahrhunderts zugleich ein lebendiges Stück Kunstgeschichte.

Loving Garbo

The Story of Greta Garbo,Cecil Beaton and Mercedes de Acosta
Author: Hugo Vickers
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446499693
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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Greta Garbo's enduring legend derives from her incandescent performances as a woman in love in such classics as Camille, Queen Christina and Grand Hotel. For half a century her apparently reclusive existence enhanced her reputation as a remote and enigmatic screen goddess. Now, in this beautifully illustrated book, Hugo Vickers tells the remarkable story of Greta Garbo and of the two love affairs that dominated her life: with Cecil Beaton and the notorious Mercedes de Acosta. It is a highly revealing portait of an exotic world - at its centre, an enthrallign and demanding star who gave little in return.

Chinese Diary & Album

Author: Cecil Beaton
Publisher: N.A
Category: China
Page: 169
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Combines the author's photographs and excerpts from his travel diary to present a portrait of China during World War II

Die Lieben der Melody Shee

Author: Donal Ryan
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257608756
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Als Melodys Mann sich nach zwei Fehlgeburten heimlich sterilisieren lässt, beantwortet sie diesen Vertrauensbruch mit einer Affäre und wird schwanger – von einem ihrer Schüler. Das hat Konsequenzen im erzkatho­lischen Irland. Melody schwankt zwischen dem stillen Glück, das das werdende Leben in ihr auslöst, und der Schuld, die sie mit seiner Entstehung auf sich geladen hat. Doch die Entscheidung, die sie letztlich trifft, ist so unkon­ventionell wie mutig.

Die blaue Blume

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3458762469
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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»Was ich gesucht, habe ich gefunden, / Was ich fand, das fand auch mich. « Friedrich von Hardenberg, besser bekannt als Novalis, ist 22, als er Sophie von Kühn erstmals trifft – eine Viertelstunde, die über sein Leben entschieden hat, wie er später seinem Bruder gestehen wird. Hals über Kopf hat er sich verliebt und verlobt sich schon bald mit »Söphgen«. Für den romantischen Dichter ist die viel Jüngere seine blaue Blume, die Verkörperung seiner Poesie und all seiner Sehnsucht. Doch das Glück steht unter keinem guten Stern: Sophie erkrankt an Tuberkulose ... Penelope Fitzgerald erzählt die dramatische Liebesgeschichte des Paares, dessen Schicksal bis heute berührt, und sie zeigt Novalis in einem neuen Licht.

Love in Dying

A Philosophical Novel
Author: Judith Lindsay
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450235077
Category: Fiction
Page: 332
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Love in Dying tells the story of Sarah, who is dying of cancer. It invites the notion that in any life, with the unfailing power of unconditional love inherent in friendship, the ordinary has the potential to unfold the mystery of the individual extraordinary goal we are each invited to reach. Life provides the opportunities; it is for us to recognize and embrace them. The pathway to wisdom is a journey into self-knowledge. By its nature it can be a lonely journey. We have to discover courage that acknowledges weaknesses and learn to take responsibility for mistakes and misunderstandings. Sarah’s journey is coming to a close, and she recollects her life with clarity as she waits for its final moment. Tenuous as the threads had initially been, they strengthen as Sarah’s diverse school friends mature, bringing awareness of how lives touch and influence each other, until one of the friends is forced to face the challenge of her life in order to acknowledge true love.

Queer Saint - The Cultured Life of Peter Watson

Author: Adrian Clark,Jeremy Dronfield
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1784186287
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
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When Peter Watson was murdered in his bath by a jealous boyfriend in 1956, the art world lost one of its wealthiest, most influential patrons. This compellingly attractive man, adored by Cecil Beaton; a man who was called a legend by contemporaries, who was the subject of two scandalous novels, and who helped launch the careers of Francis Bacon, John Craxton and Lucian Freud, fell victim to a fortune-hungry lover.Elegant and hungrily sexual, Peter Watson had a taste for edgy, disreputable boyfriends. He was the unrequited love of Cecil Beaton's life - his 'queer saint' - but Peter preferred the risk of edgier, less sophisticated lovers, including the beautiful, volatile, drug-addicted prostitute Denham Fouts. Peter's thirst for adventure took him through the cabaret culture of 1930s Berlin, the demi-monde and aristocratic salons of pre-war Paris, English high society, and the glitz of Hollywood's golden age.Gore Vidal described him as 'a charming man, tall, thin, perverse. One of those intricate English queer types who usually end up as field marshals, but because he was so rich he never had to do anything.' Truman Capote called him 'not just another rich queen, but - in a stooped, intellectual, bitter-lipped style - one of the most personable men in England'.More than just a gay playboy, Peter Watson was a renowned connoisseur, and fuelled the engine of mid-twentieth century art with his enormous wealth. Without his patronage, Bacon and Freud might have failed before they'd got started. He also founded the influential British arts journal Horizon with Cyril Connolly and Stephen Spender, and was one of the core founders of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and organised most of its early exhibitions.From the mystery of his obscure family origins to the enigma surrounding his premature death, this book follows Peter Watson through an odyssey of the mid twentieth century, from high society to sweaty underworld, and discovers a man tormented by depression and doubt; he ultimately wanted love and a sense of self-worth but instead found angst and a squalid death.'PETER WATSON (1908-1956), LONG FORGOTTEN AS AN ASTUTE GREY EMINENCE IN THE ART WORLD OF HIS DAY, DISCERNING COLLECTOR OF PAINTINGS, PATRON OF THE YOUNG AND PROMISING, FOUNDER AND BENEFACTOR OF THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, IS AT LAST AND DESERVEDLY THE SUBJECT OF A SCRUPULOUS AND COMPELLING INVESTIGATION' - BRIAN SEWELL'THIS COMPELLING REDISCOVERY OF THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER WATSON CASTS NEW LIGHT ON THE INTELLECTUAL AND ARTISTIC WORLD OF MID-TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITAIN: THE WORLD OF BACON AND FREUD, CYRIL CONNOLLY AND STEPHEN SPENDER' - LOYD GROSSMAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE HERITAGE ALLIANCE

Siegfried Sassoon

The Journey from the Trenches : a Biography (1918-1967)
Author: Jean Moorcroft Wilson
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415967136
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 526
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The World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon is one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and Jean Moorcroft Wilson is the leading authority on him. In Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches, the second volume of her best-selling, authorized biography, Wilson completes her definitive analysis of his life and works, exploring Sassoon's experiences after the Great War. For many people, Sassoon exists primarily as a First World War poet and bold fighter, who earned the nickname 'Mad Jack' in the trenches and risked Court Martial, possibly the firing squad, with his public protest against the War. Much less is known about his life after the Armistice. Wilson uncovers a series of love affairs with such larger-than-life characters as Queen Victoria's great-grandson, Prince Phillip of Hess, the flamboyant Ivor Novello and the exotic and bejeweled Hon. Stephen Tennant. This period also sees Sassoon establishing close friendships with some of the greatest literary figures of the age, Hardy, Beerbohm, E. M. Forster and T. E.Lawrence among them. Sassoon himself said that most people thought he had died in 1919. But Wilson shows that his poetry is, if anything, more powerful in the second half of his life. Based on a decade of meticulous research and interviews with many who knew Sassoon well, much of the material is published here for the first time. Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches completes a fascinating story that is beautifully told.

Elizabeth II.

das Leben der Queen
Author: Thomas Kielinger
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406623608
Category: Great Britain
Page: 288
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Biografie der englischen Königin, die auch ihre Familie und die Zeitgeschichte einbezieht.

The Unexpurgated Beaton

The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1970-1980
Author: Cecil Beaton
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307429520
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 528
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Cecil Beaton was one of the great twentieth-century tastemakers. A photographer, artist, writer and designer for more than fifty years, he was at the center of the worlds of fashion, society, theater and film. The Unexpurgated Beaton brings together for the first time the never-before-published diaries from 1970 to 1980 and, unlike the six slim volumes of diaries published during his lifetime, these have been left uniquely unedited. Hugo Vickers, the executor of Beaton’s estate and the author of his acclaimed biography, has added extensive and fascinating notes that are as lively as the diary entries themselves. As one London reviewer wrote, “Vickers’ waspish footnotes are the salt on the side of the dish.” Beaton treated his other published diaries like his photographs, endlessly retouching them, but, for this volume, Vickers went back to the original manuscripts to find the unedited diaries. Here is the photographer for British and American Vogue, designer of the sets and costumes for the play and film My Fair Lady and the film Gigi, with a cast of characters from many worlds: Bianca Jagger, Greta Garbo, David Hockney, Truman Capote, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, Mae West, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Rose Kennedy and assorted Rothschilds, Phippses and Wrightsmans; in New York, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Rio and Greece, on the Amalfi coast; at shooting parties in the English countryside, on yachts, at garden parties at Buckingham Palace, at costume balls in Venice, Paris or London. Beaton had started as an outsider and “developed the power to observe, first with his nose pressed up against the glass,” and then later from within inner circles. Vickers has said, “his eagle eye missed nothing,” and his diaries are intuitive, malicious (he took a “relish in hating certain figures”), praising and awestruck. Truman Capote once said “the camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees.” The Unexpurgated Beaton is a book that is not only a great read and wicked fun but a timeless chronicle of our age. From the Hardcover edition.