A Passion for Friendship: Sibyl Colefax and Her Circle
Michael Joseph

A Passion for Friendship: Sibyl Colefax and Her Circle

  • Publish Date: 1991-10-03
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Kirsty McLeod

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Sibyl Colefax (1874-1950) was a society hostess of 1930s London; remembered, too, as the founder of the interior design company, Colefax and Fowler. This is a portrait of her life and her association with the personalities she brought together. This book explores Sibyl's friendships - with Harold Nicolson, Diana Cooper, the Windsors, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Max Beerbohm, Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, Bernard Berenson, Thornton Wilder and many others - providing a view of the celebrities of the period. She also analyzes Sibyl's unique nature that drew her to them: though some criticized her for collecting famous names, others found behind the relentlessly social personality a genuine and loyal friend, full of kindness and love of life. The author also wrote The Wives of Downing Street , Drums and Trumpets and The Last Summer .


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