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Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist

By | 2018-03-21T18:29:10+01:00 December 1st, 2007|Recent Reviews|

By Lois Gordon

Columbia University Press, 2007. 447 pages.

This entertaining and engaging bio of Cunard challenges the popular perception of the “poor little rich girl” who slummed her way toward self destruction. Paris Hilton, however, she was not. Indeed, the author goes to great pains to demonstrate that Cunard felt genuine compassion for victims of political oppression, and that she had the courage to fight for her convictions. Alas, she also had an insatiable appetite for men, alcohol, and art, all of which eventually consumed her. Gordon also does a masterful job of providing letters and anecdotes from Cunard contemporaries which demonstrate the tragic heiress’ biting humor and droll observations.

About the Author:

Patrick Burnson is a writer specializing in international trade and cultural dissonance, who earlier in his career, worked for The Rome Daily American and the International Herald Tribune. Most recently, he served as editor-in-chief of World Trade Magazine, where he bore witness to the catastrophic events of 9/11 and its aftermath. In “Flags of Convenience,” his first novel, he delivers a suspenseful literary work examining the dark underpinnings of globalization. He lives and works in San Francisco.

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