First American Edition
Harper & Brothers [New York]
8vo (383 pages)
Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Pink cloth]
Item Number: 210574
The autobiography of Winston Churchill’s first cousin and one of his favorite relations, Clare Consuelo Frewen Sheridan (1885-1970). Born in London, she was the daughter of Lady Randolph’s sister, Clara Jerome, and the hapless Moreton Frewen (who so famously mangled the job of copy-editing Churchill’s first book, THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE). Her godmother and namesake was Consuelo Vanderbilt, for a time the Duchess of Marlborough, and another of Winston Churchill’s favorites. After marrying William Frederick Sheridan in 1910, Clare Sheridan bore three children and became a celebrated sculptress and travel writer. She shared avidly in Churchill’s discovery of himself as a painter and maintained a warm relationship with him even after her support for the Russian Revolution divided them politically. While visiting America, she had a notorious love affair with Charlie Chaplin and her circle included Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Lady Diana Cooper, Vita Sackville-West and Vivien Leigh. Her busts of her cousin Winston can be found at Blenheim Palace, Harrow School and, of course, at Chartwell.
This is a very good copy, without dust jacket. The cloth has faded unevenly and the spine label has some discoloration. The contents are fine.