Signs on the wall of a Mexican restaurant where I lunched recently:
|Martha Washington receiving. Versailles transplanted to America?|
An 1861 painting.
|Frances Trollope, circa 1832. Here she looks so sweet, but her pen was savage.|
|Lyndhurst today. Gould took refuge here, when his enemies on Wall Street turned nasty. |
The place was ringed with guards.
|President Nixon receiving the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1970.|
Once her second divorce was finalized, Wallis Warfield and the Duke married and settled in France. But in 1937 they visited Nazi Germany and were welcomed personally by Hitler. The Duchess, it was said, was a fan of Hitler’s and was influencing the Duke accordingly. (It was also said by some that she had had an affair with Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German foreign minister.) Rumors circulated that the Nazis hoped to put the Duke back on the British throne, once they had defeated the Brits. When France fell in 1940, the Windsors removed to neutral Portugal, where German agents courted them. So the Brits found an ingenious solution: they made the Duke governor of the Bahamas, thus getting him and his wife out of Europe and the reach of the Germans. He was governor until 1945, when the Nazi regime collapsed and Germany surrendered.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017.
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What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, if you like, but no porn (I don't do porn). Women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
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"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.
Coming soon: As usual, no idea.
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