The Last of the Duchess

The Last of the Duchess

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the Duchess of Windsor focuses on her final days and profiles Maitre Blum, one of France's most powerful lawyers, who controlled every aspect of the Duchess' life

Blackwell North Amer
This is the fascinating and startling story of journalist and novelist Caroline Blackwood's search for the late Duchess of Windsor. In 1980, the London Sunday Times commissioned Lord Snowdon to photograph the Duchess, who was then living outside of Paris, and Blackwood was asked to go along to report. But it is Maitre Suzanne Blum, one of the most powerful lawyers in France, who becomes the central figure of Blackwood's story. Fierce and controlling, Blum holds the Duchess a virtual prisoner in her grand but now shuttered house in the Bois de Boulogne, keeping away all visitors. In Blum, Blackwood brings to life a wily old Gorgon - alternately vulnerable and ruthless, paranoid and perverse - who has begun interweaving her life with that of the Duchess. It is from Blackwood's talks with such colorful contemporaries of the Duchess as Lady Monckton, Lady Diana Cooper, and Lady Mosley and from her own encounter with Maitre Blum that Blackwood is able to evoke brilliantly the life and exploits of Wallace Warfield Simpson Windsor as well as her bizarre and sinister relationship with Suzanne Blum.

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of the late Duchess of Windsor focuses on her final days and profiles Maitre Blum, one of France's most powerful lawyers, who controls every aspect of the Duchess's life. 25,000 first printing. First serial, The New York Times Magazine.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1995
ISBN: 9780679439707
0679439706
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm

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