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Author Taylor, D. J. (David John), 1960-

Title The lost girls : love & literature in wartime London / D.J. Taylor.

Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2020.
©2020
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  941.0820092 TAY    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  941.0820092 TAY    AVAILABLE
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Description xii, 387 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A note on names -- Monetary values -- The cast in September 1939 -- Introduction: An evening in Bedford Square -- The wanton chase -- 'The little girl who makes everyone's heart beat faster' -- When the going was good: Lys, Connolly and Horizon 1939-45 -- Interlude: mapping the forties scene -- 'Skeltie darling...' -- Interlude: Glur -- Struggling to go beyond herself: Sonia 1918-45 -- Interlude: Angela -- Blinding impulsions: Janetta 1940-5 -- Interlude: Anna -- Cairo nights: Barbara 1943-4 -- Interlude: Joan -- Ways and means: lost girl style -- Interlude: on not being boring -- Sussex Place: Connolly, Lys, Janetta and others 1945-9 -- Interlude: Office life -- The man in the hospital bed: Sonia 1945-50 -- Interlude: Sonia's things -- The destructive element: Barbara, Connolly and others 1944-51 -- Interlude: parents and daughters -- The invisible worm: Cyril and the women -- Projections: the lost girls in fiction -- Interlude: Barbara's style -- Afterwards -- Finale: the last lost girl.
Summary "Who were the Lost Girls? Chic, glamorous, and bohemian, as likely to be found living in a rat-haunted maisonette as dining at the Ritz, Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton, and Janetta Parlade cut a swath through English literary and artistic life at the height of World War II."--Amazon.
"Who were the Lost Girls? Chic, glamorous, and bohemian, as likely to be found living in a rat-haunted maisonette as dining at the Ritz, Lys Lubbock, Sonia Brownell, Barbara Skelton, and Janette Parlade cut a swatch through English literary and artistic life at the height of World War II. Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud. One of them married George Orwell. Another became the mistress of the King of Egypt. All of them were associated with the decade's most celebrated literary magazine, Horizon. They had very different--and sometime explosive--personalities. But taken together, they form a distinctive part of the wartime demographic: bright, beautiful, independent-minded women with tough upbringings who were determined to make the most of their lives in the chaotic time. Ranging from Bloomsbury and Soho to Cairo and the culture studios of Schiaparelli and Hartnell, the Lost Girls would inspire the work of George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, and Nancy Mitford. These women are the missing link between the Lost Generation and Bright young People of the 1920s and 1930s and the Dionysiac cultural revolution of the 1960s. Sweeping, passionate, and unexpectedly poignant, this is their untold story."-- Jacket.
Subject Koch, Lys Dunlap, 1917-1989.
Orwell, Sonia.
Skelton, Barbara.
Woolley, Janetta.
Connolly, Cyril, 1903-1974 -- Friends and associates.
Connolly, Cyril, 1903-1974 -- Relations with women.
Women -- Great Britain -- 20th century -- Biography.
Women -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- History -- George VI, 1936-1952.
Genre Biographies.
ISBN 9781643133157
1643133152
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