Wallis : the novel

by Edwards, Anne, 1927-

Format: Print Book 1991
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Fiction FIC EDW
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Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson retains her pride and courage through an unhappy childhood, secures money and status through her lovers, and finds fame as the Duchess of Windsor.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Writing with psychological acuity, in neatly controlled prose seasoned with a generous dash of spice, prolific biographer and novelist Edwards ( Royal Sisters ; Child of Night ) makes a sympathetic heroine of Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson, the late duchess of Windsor. Born--too soon after her parents' marriage--into the aristocratic clan of Baltimore Warfields, Bessie Wallis finds that her dubious birth certificate (her real father's identity is later disclosed) and her beautiful mother's many indiscretions prove social barriers. In penurious circumstances she learns to get her way through fibbing and finagling. Though a sketchy finishing school education fits her for little more than the role of a social butterfly, she is determined to make Baltimore look up to her. Two bad marriages precede her whirlwind descent on London society, where her wit and verve as a stylish hostess enable her to stalk the popular, playboy prince of Wales. Edwards underscores her empathetic portrayal of the problematic Wallis with a clear indictment of the social order that privileged the male and punished the female for sexual transgressions. Culminating with the marriage of the duke and duchess, this entertaining, well-researched novel offers an interesting alternative to the spate of Wallis-bashing biographies of recent years. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Windsor, Wallis Warfield, -- Duchess of, -- 1896-1986 -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward VIII, 1936 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Morrow,1991
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 478 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 068808835X (alk. paper) :
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