The Langhorne Sisters by James Fox

The Langhorne Sisters by James Fox lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section.

London: Granta Books, 1998, (First Edition) (Signed Copy) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs; Genealogical tables;

FROM THE COVER: HIGH-SPIRITED, BEAUTIFUL, CLANNISH AND ADORED, the five strikingly different Langhorne sisters were mythologized in the plural long after their separate careers were a matter of history. Their great fame held sway first in the South, in Virginia, then across the rest of America and England. Lizzie, the eldest, was trapped in post-Civil War Richmond. Irene was the eternal Southern belle who also became the model for the Gibson Girl. Nancy, an unpredictable, elemental force, conquered Edwardian society in England as Nancy Astor and was the first woman to sit in Parliament at Westminster. Phyllis, private, romantic, melancholy, was Nancys confidante and the only person she loved all through her life. Nora, the youngest, was extravagant, feckless and promiscuous, her life punctuated with seductions and boltings.

Their fascination with each other and the lost paradise of their childhood home, Mirador, were parts of the Langhorne myth that the young James Fox grew up with. Placing his great-aunt Nancy and Grandmother Phyllis at its heart, The Langhorne Sisters reaches far beyond the airbrushed family images. Using the sisters intimate voices selected from thousands of letters and journals, this epic narrative charts the attempts of two extraordinary women to transform and recreate themselves, and the chain of events that would have such a destructive effect on their family lives and happiness.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Single crease the length of the dust wrapper spine otherwise a very well presented copy.

Yellow boards with Black titling to the Spine. [XIII] 578 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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