Creative Lives

 

Every age has it’s celebrities; personalities that inspire, create and capture the imagination. Memoirs, diaries, biographies and autobiographies are the written record of these personalities, preserving their lives on paper.

Creative Lives is a short list of books on the lives of twenty artists, writers and muses of the twentieth century. The list includes Cecil Beaton, The Marchesa Casati, Nancy Mitford, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and Coco Chanel. As always, there are some old favourites and some new discoveries.

 

Creative Lives
 

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A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken Road

A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; The Broken RoadSOLD

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The complete trilogy of books recounting Patrick Leigh Fermor's journey on foot across Europe.

Alexis. The Memoirs of the Baron de Rede

Alexis. The Memoirs of the Baron de Rede£280.00

The scarce memoirs of the stylish society figure, the Baron de Rede.

Brian Howard. Portrait of a Failure

Brian Howard. Portrait of a FailureSOLD

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'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' - a biography of Brian Howard.

David Hockney by David Hockney

David Hockney by David HockneySOLD

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David Hockney provides the commentary to his life and work so far in this autobiographical volume.

Dior by Dior. The Autobiography of Christian Dior

Dior by Dior. The Autobiography of Christian DiorSOLD

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The first English edition of Dior's autobiography.

Double Exposure. A Twin Autobiography

Double Exposure. A Twin Autobiography£140.00

A dual-auotbiography by identical twin sisters Gloria Vanderbilt and Thelma Furness.

Harold Nicolson. A Biography. Volume I 1886-1929 & Volume II 1930-1968

Harold Nicolson. A Biography. Volume I 1886-1929 & Volume II 1930-1968£80.00

James Lees-Milne's two-volume biography of Harold Nicolson.

Nancy Mitford. A Memoir

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Harold Acton's biographical memoir of Nancy Mitford.

Nat Tate. An American Artist 1928-1960 [SIGNED]

Nat Tate. An American Artist 1928-1960 [SIGNED]£85.00

A literary hoax by William Boyd.

Oliver Messel. A Biography

Oliver Messel. A Biography£85.00

An illustrated biography of Messel's life, work, theatre designs and interiors.

Outlandish Knight. The Byzantine World of Steven Runciman

Outlandish Knight. The Byzantine World of Steven Runciman£40.00

Minoo Dinshaw's biography of the enigmatic English historian and diplomat Steven Runciman.

Picasso [INSCRIBED BY CECIL BEATON TO JULIET DUFF]

Picasso [INSCRIBED BY CECIL BEATON TO JULIET DUFF]£250.00

Gertrude Stein's short pre-War biography of Picasso, inscribed by Cecil Beaton to Lady Juliet Duff.

Sassoon. The Worlds of Philip and Sybil

Sassoon. The Worlds of Philip and Sybil£50.00

A vivid, illustrated study of two siblings; their lives and the world they inhabited.

Serious Pleasures. The Life of Stephen Tennant

Serious Pleasures. The Life of Stephen Tennant£75.00

Philip Hoare's definitive biography of Stephen Tennant.

The Laughter and the Urn. The Life of Rex Whistler

The Laughter and the Urn. The Life of Rex Whistler£25.00

Laurence Whistler's richly-researched account of the life of his brother Rex.

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me£70.00

A part-memoir, part-biography of Lord Berners and Faringdon House.

The Marchesa Casati. Portraits of a Muse

The Marchesa Casati. Portraits of a Muse£350.00

A visual biography of the Marchesa Casati and an illustrated study of the art she inspired.

The World of Coco Chanel. Friends, Fashion, Fame

The World of Coco Chanel. Friends, Fashion, Fame£45.00

Edmonde Charles-Roux's visual biography of Coco Chanel.

Without Knowing Mr. Walkley. Personal Memories

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A memoir from Edith Olivier, touching on her life in Wilton and the people she knew.


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