Author(s): Caroline Weber
From the author of Queen of Fashion--a glittering look at fin-de-si cle Paris through the three women who inspired Proust's supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.
The three superstars of turn-of-the-century Parisian high society were Genevi ve Hal vy Bizet Straus; Laure de Sade, Comtesse Adh aume de Chevign ; and lisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, Comtesse Greffulhe. All unhappily married, these women sought fulfillment by reinventing themselves as icons, and their fabled salons inspired generations of artists, composers, and writers. Caroline Weber takes us into these women's glamorous lives, showing us not only the balls, hunts, dinners, court visits, and nights at the opera but also the loneliness, rigid social rules, and arranged marriages that constricted them. Marcel Proust, as a young law student in 1892, first worshipped the three from afar and later met them and immortalized them in his celebrated composite character in In Search of Lost Time.