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Inventing Elsa Maxwell: How an Irrepressible Nobody Conquered High Society, Hollywood, the Press, and the World

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One of the twentieth century’s most colorful characters brought back to life in this biography by the author of All About All About Eve



With Inventing Elsa Maxwell, Sam Staggs has crafted a landmark biography. Elsa Maxwell (1881-1963) invented herself–not once, but repeatedly. Built like a bulldog, she ascended from the San Francisco middle class to the heights of society i...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Boris
Four stars for the subject matter, 1 star for the writing.

I had not heard of Elsa Maxwell, and if I had prior, do not recall her. She was a famous cultural icon of two and three generations ago, largely forgotten now. It seems she knew everyone from from the late 19th century through the early 1960s, many of whom she was on intimate terms with.

It's tempting to describe her as someone who is 'famous for being famous', but despite being the doyenne of parties for the rich, nouveau riche and royal...more
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