Nancy Cunard
Writer, heiress and political activist
Nancy Cunard
Nancy Clara Cunard was a writer, heiress and political activist. She was born into the British upper class but strongly rejected her family's values, devoting much of her life to fighting racism and fascism.
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The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas - Trucchi e consigli glam da due veterane della ... - Fashionblog (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Poi via con uno stuolo di bracciali belli cicciosi su ogni braccio (come Nancy Cunard nella foto di Man Ray), perchè sì. Da qualche parte in fondo bisogna pure copiare, ma anche lì: meglio ripescare nel passato. Meglio, tra le grandi dive anni '30
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Should I Hire a Book Publicist? - mediabistro.com
Google News - over 5 years
You can look at so many examples: Shipping heiress Nancy Cunard starting her own magazine to bring attention to social justice principles or people around the world who thought, 'Perhaps I'll go to Paris and see what else people are writing about' in
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How I became a fashion editor - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Terrible title, but a distractingly engaging account, when chemistry homework was dragging, of every stylish woman from Nancy Cunard to Lauren Hutton. I was mesmerised. I'd never encountered women with personal style signatures and such forceful,
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Afaceri dubioase în jurul lui Brâncuşi - Curierul National
Google News - over 5 years
Acest lucru este ilustrat în imaginea din Ph. 361, având în centru pe Nancy Cunard, iar în fundal o suprapunere a unui Cocoş peste portretul său. Artistul a realizat la început Cocoşi din lemn, esenţializaţi prin reprezentarea unei imagini fierăstruite
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Sonia Delaunay: a life of contrasts - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Maison Delaunay was visited by the likes of Gloria Swanson, the actress, and the heiress Nancy Cunard. Delaunay's bold, geometric designs encapsulated the verve and daring of the new modern woman, and orders flooded in from chic women who wanted to
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18 de julio de 1936 en España: un fecha para no olvidar - Periodistas en Español (Comunicado de prensa) (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... pro comunista; Death in the Morning (Muerto al alba) y The Painted Bed (La cama pintada), ambos de Helen Nicholson, baronesa de Zglinitzki y franquista, Authors take Sides (Los autores eligen su campo), de la millonaria excéntrica Nancy Cunard,
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10 Manly Books To Honor Ernest Hemingway Death - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Today we pay our respects to the great Nancy Cunard, a heiress, activist, and provocateur who shunned a spoiled existence to wage war on the racist attitudes of her generation. To reply to a Comment: Click "Reply" at the bottom of the comment;
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Louis Aragon - L'Express
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... mais ses principales égéries furent féminines et ses amours malheureuses : Eyre de Lanux, Denise Lévy dont l'image le hanta jusque dans Blanche ou l'oubli(1967), la richissime et tintinnabulante héritière américaine Nancy Cunard surtout,
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Worshipping at the altar of the Baroque - Globe and Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
Sitwell was also corrosively jealous of women who lured away her current infatuations: the bohemian heiress Nancy Cunard and the exceptionally beautiful Argentine painter Leonor Fini, whom she called “a horrible looking woman
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Before Her Time
NYTimes - almost 6 years
ARTISTS with a toe in commercial fashion are hardly news today, but Sonia Delaunay caused a stir in 1925 when she created her Boutique Simultané. Managing to evoke Picasso's harlequins as filtered through Paul Poiret, Mrs. Delaunay's designs, with their rhythmic patterns and jarring color juxtapositions, will be shown in ''Color Moves: Art and
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Yours Ever, Sam
NYTimes - almost 8 years
THE LETTERS OF SAMUEL BECKETT Volume 1, 1929-1940 Edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck Illustrated. 782 pages. Cambridge University Press. $50. It would hardly seem possible were the evidence not right here: Samuel Beckett, that most taciturn and private of 20th-century writers -- the man who said ''every word is like an
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CROSSCURRENTS; The Bright Continent
NYTimes - about 8 years
Can fashion anticipate the future? Did it hype padded shoulders in advance of feminism? Were miniskirts a precursor of the contraceptive pill? Could hemlines have dropped last summer as a warning of woes on Wall Street? And is the current design passion for Africa a recognition of Barack Obama's roots? It is always a surprise to realize how long it
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BOOKS OF STYLE; Snapshots of a Century, Portraits of Celebrities
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Stolen Moments The Photographs of Ronny Jaques. By Pamela Fiori. 144 pp. Glitterati. $35. Fashion Victims The Catty Catalogue of Stylish Casualties From A to Z. By Michael Roberts. 112 pp. Collins Design. $21.95. HE lured Bette Davis to New York's dockyards with her giant dog as bodyguard, celebrated with W. H. Auden the day he got his United
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Wheeling and Dealing And Finding Books To Translate Into Dutch
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The global financial crisis might have been raging last week outside the exhibition halls of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the international publishing industry's annual jamboree, but that didn't stop frantic dealmakers from trying to persuade one another that they needed to part with their money -- and fast. Mizzi van der Pluijm, managing director of
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ART REVIEW; What to Wear To a Revolution
NYTimes - almost 10 years
''Poiret: King of Fashion,'' the Metropolitan Museum of Art's sumptuous survey of the designs of the French couturier Paul Poiret (1879-1944), will transform your understanding of the origin of modern fashion. Its radiant hand-painted silk backdrops may also increase your appreciation of the art of set design; they magically create an immersive
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The Young and the Restless
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TEENAGE The Creation of Youth Culture. By Jon Savage. Illustrated. 549 pp. Viking. $29.95. When did teenage angst and arrogance begin? Many baby boomers, still fighting over the legacy of the 1960s as they lurch toward retirement, think of themselves as products of the rock 'n' roll rebellion that shattered the bourgeois proprieties of the 1950s.
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Nancy Cunard
NYTimes - almost 10 years
To the Editor: I disagree with Caroline Weber's assessment, in her review of ''Nancy Cunard,'' by Lois Gordon (April 1), that Cunard was a ''supporter of the disenfranchised.'' Weber failed to point out that Henry Crowder, the African-American jazz pianist she fell in love with and lived with, was a married man. There is nothing worthwhile when a
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BEST SELLERS: April 08, 2007
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended March 24, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers;
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The Rebel Heiress
NYTimes - almost 10 years
NANCY CUNARD Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist. By Lois Gordon. Illustrated. 447 pp. Columbia University Press. $32.50. IN his 1928 novel ''Nadja,'' André Breton cites an old French adage: ''Tell me whom you haunt'' -- whom you befriend --''and I'll tell you who you are.'' Judged by this criterion, the English heiress Nancy Cunard, who ''haunted''
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nancy Cunard
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 68
    Died in 1965.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1937
    Age 40
    In 1937, she published a series of pamphlets of war poetry, including the work of W. H. Auden, Tristan Tzara and Pablo Neruda.
    More Details Hide Details Later the same year, together with Auden and Stephen Spender, she distributed a questionnaire about the war to writers in Europe; the results were published by the Left Review as Authors Take Sides on the Spanish War. The questionnaire to 200 writers asked the following question: "Are you for, or against, the legal government and people of Republican Spain? Are you for, or against, Franco and Fascism? For it is impossible any longer to take no side." There were elicited 147 answers, of which 126 supported the Republic, including W.H. Auden, Samuel Beckett and Rebecca West. Five writers explicitly responded in favor of Franco: they were Evelyn Waugh, Edmund Blunden, Arthur Machen, Geoffrey Moss and Eleanor Smith. Among sixteen responses that Cunard, in her eventually published compendium, grouped under the skeptical heading "Neutral?" were H. G. Wells, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot and Vera Brittain.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1931
    Age 34
    In 1931 she published the pamphlet Black Man and White Ladyship, an attack on racist attitudes as exemplified by Cunard's mother, whom she quoted as saying "Is it true that my daughter knows a Negro?" She also edited the massive Negro Anthology, collecting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction primarily by African-American writers, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.
    More Details Hide Details It also included writing by George Padmore and Cunard's own account of the Scottsboro Boys case. Press attention to this project in May 1932, two years before it was published, led to Cunard's receiving anonymous threats and hate mail, some of which she published in the book, expressing regret that "others are obscene, so this portion of American culture cannot be made public." In the mid-1930s she took up the anti-fascist fight as well, writing about Mussolini's annexation of Ethiopia and the Spanish Civil War. She predicted, accurately, that the "events in Spain were a prelude to another world war". Her stories about the suffering of Spanish refugees became the basis for a fundraising appeal in the Manchester Guardian. Cunard herself helped deliver supplies and organize the relief effort, but poor health – caused in part by exhaustion and the conditions in the camps – forced her to return to Paris, where she stood on the streets collecting funds for the refugees.
  • 1928
    Age 31
    In 1928 (after a two-year affair with Louis Aragon) she began a relationship with Henry Crowder, an African-American jazz musician who was working in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details She became an activist in matters concerning racial politics and civil rights in the USA, and visited Harlem.
    It was there in 1928 that she set up the Hours Press.
    More Details Hide Details Previously the small press had been called Three Mountains Press and run by William Bird, an American journalist in Paris, who had published books by its editor from 1923, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams' The Great American Novel, Robert McAlmond and Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time. Cunard also wanted to support experimental poetry and provide a higher-paying market for young writers; her inherited wealth allowed her to take financial risks that other publishers could not. Hours Press became known for its beautiful book designs and high-quality production. It brought out the first separately published work of Samuel Beckett, a poem called Whoroscope (1930), Bob Brown's Words, and Pound's A Draft of XXX Cantos. Cunard published old friends like George Moore, Norman Douglas, Richard Aldington, Arthur Symons and Henry-Music, a book of poems from various authors with music by Henry Crowder, but also two books by Laura Riding, The Collected Poems of John Rodker, poems by Roy Campbell, Harold Acton, Brian Howard, Walter Lowenfels and Words by Bob (Robert Carlton) Brown. By 1931 Wyn Henderson had taken over day-to-day operation of the press and in the same year it published its last book, The Revaluation of Obscenity by sexologist Havelock Ellis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 23
    In 1920 Nancy Cunard moved to Paris, where she became involved with literary Modernism, Surrealists and Dada.
    More Details Hide Details Much of her published poetry dates from this period. During her early years in Paris, she was close to Michael Arlen. A brief relationship with Aldous Huxley influenced several of his novels. She was the model for Myra Viveash in Antic Hay (1923) and for Lucy Tantamount in Point Counter Point (1928). It has been suggested that she became dependent on alcohol at this time, and may have used other drugs. Cunard's style informed by her devotion to the artifacts of African culture was startlingly unconventional. The large-scale jewelry she favored, crafted of wood, bone and ivory, the natural materials used by native crafts people, was provocative and controversial. The bangles she wore on both arms snaking from wrist to elbow were considered outré adornments, which provoked media attention, visually compelling subject matter for photographers of the day. She was often photographed wearing her collection, those of African inspiration and neckpieces of wooden cubes, which paid homage to the concepts of Cubism. At first considered the bohemian affectation of an eccentric heiress, the fashion world came to legitimize this style as avant-garde, dubbing it the "barbaric look." Prestigious jewelry houses such as Boucheron created their own African-inspired cuff of gold beads. Boucheron, eschewing costly gemstones, incorporated into the finished creation green malachite and a striking purple mineral, purpurite, instead. It exhibited this high-end piece at the Exposition Coloniale in 1931.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 19
    On 15November 1916 she married Sydney Fairbairn, a cricketer and army officer who had been wounded at Gallipoli. After a honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall they lived in London in a house given to them by Nancy's mother as a wedding present. The couple separated in 1919 and divorced in 1925.
    More Details Hide Details At this time she was also on the edge of the influential group The Coterie, associating in particular with Iris Tree. She contributed to the Sitwell anthology Wheels, providing its title poem; it has been said that the venture was originally her project. Cunard's lover Peter Broughton-Adderley was killed in action in France less than a month before Armistice Day, within the year she announced her engagement to Fairbairn. Many who knew her claimed that she never fully recovered from Adderley's loss.
  • 1911
    Age 14
    Nancy had been brought up on the family estate at Nevill Holt, Leicestershire but when her parents separated in 1911 she moved to London with her mother.
    More Details Hide Details Her education was at various boarding schools, including time in France and Germany. Whilst in London she spent a good deal of her childhood with her mother's long time admirer, the novelist George Moore. Indeed, it was even rumoured that Moore was her father, and though this has been largely dismissed, there is no question that he played an important role whilst she was growing up. She would later write a memoir about her affection for 'GM'.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1896
    Born
    Born in 1896.
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