Lesley Blanch
British writer and historian
Lesley Blanch
Lesley Blanch, MBE, FRSL was an English writer, fashion editor and writer of history.
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Iran Frees 2 American Hikers - Truthdig
Google News - over 5 years
By Mr. Fish By Lee Smith By Lesley Blanch Two years after crossing an unmarked border into Iran, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are being released from prison on $1 million bail. Convicted of espionage by the Iranians, they had been
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The truth behind the Wallis myths - Irish Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Their lives in exile were aimless and rather second rate, according to those who knew them, both drinking too much -- "tiny twins with large bottles of drink", as the writer Lesley Blanch described them. They based themselves in France,
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'Pilgrimage to Mecca': The first British Muslim woman on record to have ... - Arab News
Google News - over 5 years
Lesley Blanch, who wrote her biography in “The Wilder Shores of Love,” tells us that her husband's “deep inbred piety awoke her own dormant religious principles” and “she came to redouble her now active participation in church affairs
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Romain Gary, un triple portrait - Nonfiction.fr
Google News - over 5 years
... patrie mythique idéalisée par sa mère ; la guerre et l'entrée dans la Résistance, au sein du groupe Lorraine ; les premiers écrits publiés, deux nouvelles dans la presse puis un premier roman, Éducation européenne ; le mariage avec Lesley Blanch,
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Lesley Blanch, 102, a Writer, Traveler and Adventure-Seeker
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Lesley Blanch, an English writer and traveler best known for ''The Wilder Shores of Love,'' a biography of four 19th-century women who cast aside convention to seek adventure and romance in the East, died on Monday in Menton, in the South of France. She was 102 and had lived in Menton for many years. The death was confirmed by Georgia de Chamberet,
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New & Noteworthy Paperbacks
NYTimes - over 14 years
SAILING ALONE AROUND THE ROOM: New and Selected Poems, by Billy Collins. (Random House, $13.95.) Crisp, suburban and antiseptic, the poems in this greatest hits collection by America's poet laureate are infused with his characteristic self-deprecating humor, even as death, longing and regret hover at the margins of his work. ''There are brainy,
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Corrections
NYTimes - over 14 years
A fashion review yesterday about the spring collections in Paris referred incorrectly to Beatrix Miller, a former editor of British Vogue, who was said to avoid hiring anyone who had not read ''The Wilder Shores of Love,'' a tetralogy by Lesley Blanch that could have well inspired the unfettered emotion in these collections. Ms. Miller is still
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Reviews/Fashion; Raw and Untamed, An Appeal To the Romantic
NYTimes - over 14 years
Big Bertha pantaloons, sensual Eastern robes, corsair pirate coats over lacy skirts -- Balzac's ghost must have been howling as a gust of 19th-century Romanticism whipped through the spring 2003 collections. Mention ''romance'' in fashion, and automatically your mind reels back to Cartier-Bresson's images of wartime lovers locked in neck-breaking
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Soldiers on Both Sides Talk of an Anarchic War
NYTimes - about 22 years
As Russian troops pound their way toward Chechnya's presidential palace, the charred symbol of the region's secession, Chechen militants in this village some eight miles southwest of the capital are organizing against Russian occupation. They intend to harass Moscow's troops and block their columns. With electricity cut weeks ago when the fighting
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New & Noteworthy
NYTimes - almost 32 years
GREAT RIVER: The Rio Grande in North American History, by Paul Horgan. (Texas Monthly Press, $14.95.) Running from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, the 1,900-mile Rio Grande is the nation's second longest river. J. Frank Dobie wrote in The Book Review in 1954: ''Paul Horgan is an artist, which means that he is a master of proportions, perspective
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 103
    Died in 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 102
    She claimed, according to an interview in The Sunday Times in August 2006, that she had married Bicknell in order to obtain a house in Richmond, near the Thames in London.
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  • 2004
    Age 100
    She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details She died just one month shy of 103.
  • 2001
    Age 97
    A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Lesley Blanch was appointed MBE in 2001, and in 2004 the French government awarded her the medal of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1962
    Age 58
    Gary left her for American actress Jean Seberg and they divorced in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Blanch continued to travel from her Paris base, and saw old friends Nancy Mitford, Violet Trefusis, Rebecca West and the Windsors. She was a close friend of Gerald de Gaury, who gave her insights into middle eastern customs and culture. The best known of her 12 books is The Wilder Shores of Love, about four English women, Isabel Burton, Lady Jane Digby, Isabelle Eberhardt, and Aimée du Buc de Rivéry, a cousin of Josephine, who all "followed the beckoning Eastern star.” It pioneered a new kind of group biography focusing on "women escaping the boredom of convention," and the title added a memorable phrase to the English language. Blanch's love of Russia, instilled in her as a child by a friend of her parents whom she simply called The Traveller, is recounted in Journey into the Mind's Eye, Fragments of an Autobiography which is part travel book, part love story. Lesley Blanch considered her best book to be The Sabres Of Paradise (the biography of Imam Shamyl and history of Imperialist Russian rule in early 19th century Georgia and the Caucasus).
  • FORTIES
  • 1945
    Age 41
    In 1945, she married the French novelist-diplomat Romain Gary.
    More Details Hide Details Life in the French diplomatic service took them to the Balkans, Turkey, North Africa, Mexico and the USA. In the USA they associated with Hollywood stars such as Gary Cooper, Aldous Huxley, Sophia Loren and Laurence Olivier.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 26
    She married Robert Alan Wimberley Bicknell in 1930 and they were divorced in 1941, although the marriage had long since ceased.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1904
    Age 0
    Born in 1904.
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