By Lisa Cohen
A revelatory biography of 3 glamorous, advanced, glossy women.
Esther Murphy used to be a super long island highbrow who dazzled buddies and strangers with an unstoppable circulate of dialog. yet she by no means comprehensive the books she used to be shriveled to write—a painful failure and but one of those achievement.
The critical fan, Mercedes de Acosta had intimate friendships with the mythical actresses and dancers of the 20 th century. Her ephemeral legacy lies within the hundreds of thousands of gadgets she amassed to maintain the reminiscence of these performers and to honor the emotions they inspired.
An icon of high fashion and a manner editor of British Vogue, Madge Garland held bracing perspectives on costume that drew on her feminism, her rules approximately modernity, and her love of ladies. current either vividly and invisibly on the middle of cultural existence, she—like Murphy and de Acosta—is now nearly thoroughly forgotten.
In All We Know, Lisa Cohen describes those women’s glamorous offerings, advanced disasters, and arguable own lives with lyricism and empathy. right away a sequence of intimate pictures and a startling research into sort, famous person, sexuality, and the style of biography itself, All We Know explores a hidden background of modernism and will pay tribute to 3 compelling lives.
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39 PHILOSOPHERS BEHAVING BADLY Damning the corruption of the theatre, he wrote many plays and operas himself. Rousseau, the first great thinker to stress the primacy of feeling over thinking, remains a founding father of the Romantic Movement, of which we remain in many ways the nearly bankrupt heirs. The Green Movement, now perhaps the only true challenge to global industrialism, in part inherits Rousseau’s belief in nature’s pristine perfection and his consequent distrust of technology and large organizations.
Even now, although he had quarrelled with most of his intellectual friends, he was not without aristocratic support. The Prince de Conti sheltered him at his château in Normandy for a year, but Rousseau felt he was surrounded by spies and enemies among the prince’s servants, all wanting to hand him over for imprisonment in the Bastille. On leaving the prince, he finally ‘married’ Thérèse, supposedly to make her position respectable. But it was an illegal, farcical ceremony that he himself conducted, marriages between Protestants and Catholics then being banned in France.
And fight with all the will-power I possess, but which on the slightest occasions overwhelms me with such force that I see vividly before me misfortunes 43 PHILOSOPHERS BEHAVING BADLY which are merely possible or even scarcely imaginable . . As a youngster I was tormented by imagined diseases and quarrels . . From Naples I was driven by fear of smallpox, from Berlin by fear of cholera. In Verona I was seized by the idée fixe of having taken poisoned snuff . . Whenever there was a noise at night, I would start from by bed and grab my sword and pistol, which I always kept loaded.
All We Know: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen