London. Cassell. 1961. First edition. Green cloth hardback, dust jacket. xiv, 416 pages. Illustrated with hors-texte black and white plates. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 0.65kg. . English. Very good, in very good dust jacket; jacket lightly ruffled at forecorners and spine ends, small nick to head of spine, slight soiling to edges, price-clipped; slight spotting to endpapers and page edges, no inscriptions.
The scarce memoirs of Francis Rose, the painter championed by Gertrude Stein and the 'frenemy' of Cecil Beaton. Saying Life is a tale of riches to rags, filled with anecdotes collected in France, Germany, the Far East and England. It features a cast of artists, actors, a disturbing amount of right-wing political figures and a 'sprinkling of minor royalty', including Sarah Bernhardt, Cocteau, Berard, Isadora Duncan, Ernst Rohm, Wellington Koo, Hitler, and of course Gertrude Stein and Beaton. The veracity of Rose's life story is questionable, leading to it being nicknamed 'Saying Lies'. Having squandered his fortune Rose was hopeful that the publication of his memoirs would raise some much needed funds. He was disappointed, sales were poor and therefore copies are now very scarce.