The Last of the Duchess

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Pantheon Books, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
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This is the fascinating and startling story of journalist and novelist Caroline Blackwood's search for the late Duchess of Windsor. In 1980, the London Sunday Times commissioned Lord Snowdon to photograph the Duchess, who was then living outside of Paris, and Blackwood was asked to go along to report. But it is Maitre Suzanne Blum, one of the most powerful lawyers in France, who becomes the central figure of Blackwood's story. Fierce and controlling, Blum holds the Duchess a virtual prisoner in her grand but now shuttered house in the Bois de Boulogne, keeping away all visitors. In Blum, Blackwood brings to life a wily old Gorgon - alternately vulnerable and ruthless, paranoid and perverse - who has begun interweaving her life with that of the Duchess.

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User Review  - PitcherBooks - LibraryThing

Only for over-the-top Duchess of Windsor fans. Nothing new. Never met the Duchess. The story was more about the author than the purported subject. I wouldn't bother with this author again and do not ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The chronicle of dogged journalist/novelist Blackwood's quest to discover the fate of Wallis Simpson—for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne and settled for the title duke of Windsor—after the ... Read full review


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