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Last of the Dandies: The Scandalous Life and Escapades of Count D'Orsay

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From his first appearance in London in 1821 until his death in Paris in 1852, Count D'Orsay dominated and scandalized the whole of European society. For three decades he was the ultimate arbiter in matters of taste and style -- what D'Orsay wore today, society would wear tomorrow.

He also enthralled Society with the thirty-year soap opera of his relationship with Lady Bless
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2003)
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Jun 01, 2014 L. rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
D'Orsay is one of those infamous characters that features frequently in accounts of the lives of great men of the mid-19th century, so I figured I was about due to read a proper biography of this seemingly omnipresent figure. Unfortunately, having finished this book, I feel like I still know nothing about the man, and what little I did learn only made him seem like a vapid, petty manchild.

The book felt like a long, dull travelogue for the most part, stuffed with accounts of people writing about
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Aug 20, 2009 Jill Hutchinson rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Hmmmmmm......I'm not sure I really liked this book but yet, it intrigued me. The story of Count D'Orsay,the famous dandy of the early 19th century certainly provides a plethora of detail on the clothing and interior design of the Regency period........almost in numbing detail. I couldn't get a good grasp on the actual personality of D'Orsay except that he was a vain, "live for the moment" individual. The book clearly points out the empty, meaningless and shallow lives of those involved in high s ...more
I really wanted to like this book. And I really didn't.

For me there was two problems with this book that I just couldn't get past. The first one is that after reading this biography of count d'Orsay I still didn't get very close to him. It felt like I knew a lot more about for example Lady Blessington - interesting in her own right, but not the supposed main focus of the book. He still remained an illusive shadow. Sure, you get some straight facts about him, but that wasn't enough. We are often
Jul 26, 2012 Keck rated it liked it
Some interesting tidbits about fashion, society, history, and gossip circulating 19th-century Paris and London. A clear/brief summary of the political turmoil in France from the late 18th century to the late 19th century. Author's esoteric vocabulary was a bit tedious at times. Overall style of writing was satisfactory though not the best I've read. I felt the end was weak. The title was innappropriate (why "LAST"?) or at least never properly supported by the author. A good book for those intere ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Seth rated it it was amazing
This is Foulkes amazingly poetical work on the Count D'Orsay. It follows his life trhough France and England with his associations with literary greats (Byron, Dickens, Lytton) as well as his own impact on popular culture, most notably his being heir to the throne of Brummell.
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