By Lisa Cohen
A revelatory biography of 3 glamorous, complicated, sleek women.
Esther Murphy was once a super manhattan highbrow who dazzled neighbors and strangers with an unstoppable circulation of dialog. yet she by no means comprehensive the books she used to be shriveled to write—a painful failure and but a type of achievement.
The imperative fan, Mercedes de Acosta had intimate friendships with the mythical actresses and dancers of the 20th century. Her ephemeral legacy lies within the millions of items she accrued to maintain the reminiscence of these performers and to honor the sentiments 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. present 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. instantly a chain of intimate images and a startling research into variety, superstar, sexuality, and the style of biography itself, All We Know explores a hidden heritage of modernism and will pay tribute to 3 compelling lives.
All we all know is one of Publishers Weekly's best 10 most sensible Books of 2012
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