American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop

American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop


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ISBN-13: 9780143124139
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Caroline de Margerie, a former diplomat, is a member of the Conseil d’Etat, the supreme administrative court in France. She lives in Paris.

Christopher Murray is an American translator and musicologist based in Paris.

Frances FitzGerald is the author of several nonfiction works, including the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning Fire in the Lake. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

I The Jays 1

II On The Edge of Life 7

III Paris 19

IV Affairs of the Heart 35

V The Age of Serenity 59

VI When Shadows Fall 85

VII At the Court of King Jack 109

VIII Anatomy of a Marriage 137

IX The Pleasure of Writing 155

X And Night Came 183

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 201

Sources and Bibliography 211

Index 221

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“Marvelous…Reveals the influence and insight of the American hostess, who lived so elegantly in the public eye, and so passionately when no one was watching.”—The New York Times

“Caroline de Margerie avoids hagiography, instead depicting a fabulously interesting, complicated and influential woman.”—Chicago Tribune
“The first-ever biography of the Georgetown doyenne, charts her life from Paris—where she charmed Winston Churchill and was a favorite of Christian Dior—to Washington D.C., where she threw some of the best parties of the Camelot era.”—The Wall Street Journal
“[De Margerie] goes behind the façade to reveal a passionate personality torn between her sense of duty and her personal desires…De Margerie had access to some 500 previously unseen letters.”—Women’s Wear Daily
“An engrossing, perceptive, and nuanced portrait of a celebrated socialist who once knew everyone worth knowing.”—Publishers Weekly
“Paris-based author de Margerie paints in bold, bright outlines the compelling story of this Jamesian heroine. Entertaining story of a dynamic literary woman who sparked a fascinating life from the changing currents of the age.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Compact, entertaining…de Margerie colorfully unpacks the details of Alsop’s life.”—The Washingtonian
“This is not just an exquisitely perceptive portrait of a remarkable woman, it is a beautifully painted conversation piece including many of the great figures from a privileged age of elegance and intelligence.”—Antony Beevor, bestselling author of The Second World War
“Written with a verve and clarity that her subject would both admire and regret, An American Lady captures the  charms, contradictions and convictions that put Susan Mary Alsop at the crossroads of society, politics, and glamorous love affairs in Paris, Washington, and her other ports of call. Many of the great men—-and women—-of her time gravitated to Susan Mary's movable salon to take in each other, and their ever resourceful hostess. It's all here.”—Jim Hoagland, Contributing Editor, The Washington Post
Susan Mary Alsop was a cool, beautiful admixture of public discretion and private daring. On two continents and over four decades she invited the world's most powerful people to her homes, facilitating, networking, connecting. Caroline de Margerie's American Lady, is as sharp and stylish as its fascinating subject.”—Stacy A. Cordery, author of Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker
"The history of post war Europe and America told through the prism of power and privilege.   A most enjoyable book about a most elegant lady."—Jane Stanton Hitchcock, author of Mortal Friends
“Once upon a time the coolest people in the world were Americans. From the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald through that of Mad Men, they set the scene for the age of Camelot and not a few of its most consequential confrontations. No one better exemplified this rarefied and influential species than Susan Mary Alsop, whose eventful, thoughtful, complex and passionate life Caroline de Margerie brilliantly chronicles in this exquisitely researched, impossible to put down biography.”—Thomas Caplan, author of The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen
“Like Jackie Kennedy, Susan Mary Alsop was the kind of American aristocrat who survived with her wits and good manners. From her days as a diplomatic wife in Paris after WWII through her unconventional marriage to legendary political columnist Joe Alsop in 1960s Washington, Susan Mary hostessed her way to a place in history and created a political salon that boasted Kennedys, Kissingers and an impressive social roster in Georgetown. Author Caroline de Margerie deftly chronicles the life of a woman who gave little away emotionally but whose range of experience—including discreet romantic dramas with consecutive British ambassadors—speaks for itself. Susan Mary Alsop was the model of a well-bred survivor who capitalized on life’s social opportunities.”—Cherie Burns, author of Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers

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sparkylg More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to reading this book and the beginning was interesting enough. It soon became tiring. I could barely get through the last chapter.