A Book of Secrets

A Book of Secrets

Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

Book - 2011 | 1st American ed
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The author shares the stories of unknown women who played significant roles in the lives of prominent figures, including a mistress shared by the second Lord Grimthorpe and the Prince of Wales (Alice Keppel), a creative muse of Auguste Rodin (Eve Fairfax), and a novelist lover of Vita Sackville-West (Violet Trefusis). He also reflects on himself as investigator and biographer.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781250007667
Branch Call Number: 306.8742 HOLROYD
Characteristics: xiv, 258 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Aug 29, 2014

Taking place over the course of a century, acclaimed biographer Michael Holroyd reveals the stories of several loosely connected lives and the Villa Cimbrone in Italy that join them. Beautifully written and full of surprises, the author shines a spotlight on individuals who have been on the periphery of history including Eve Fairfax, a celebrated beauty and model for Rodin, and Violet Trefusis, the lover of Vita Sackville-West. Elegant and witty, A Book of Secrets is a unique book by a gifted writer.


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