By Michael Holroyd
A Time Magazine best 10 Nonfiction ebook of 2011
A Publishers Weekly most sensible Nonfiction name for 2011
On a hill above the Italian village of Ravello sits the Villa Cimbrone, a spot of myth and make-believe. The characters that go through Michael Holroyd's new ebook are destined by no means to fulfill, but the Villa Cimbrone unites them all.
A booklet of secrets and techniques is a treasure trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements, and relatives mysteries. With grace and soft mind's eye, Holroyd brings an organization of unknown ladies into the sunshine. From Alice Keppel, the mistress of either the second one Lord Grimthorpe and the Prince of Wales; to Eve Fairfax, a muse of Auguste Rodin; to the novelist Violet Trefusis, the sweetheart of Vita Sackville-West—these girls are regularly at the outer edge of the first rate world.
Also at the margins is the elusive biographer, who every so often turns an appraising eye upon himself as a part of his investigations within the maze of biography. In A ebook of Secrets, Holroyd supplies voice to fragile human connections and the secret of place.
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