Companion piece to Victorian Vista here is another panel of social history for those to whom the years before World War I...

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EDWARDIAN PROMENADE

Companion piece to Victorian Vista here is another panel of social history for those to whom the years before World War I still have nostalgic vibrations- and for the next generation who found enchantment and merriment in Boy Friend of three seasons back and My Fair Lady today. It was a fabulous era of extravagant light-heartedness, when security and changelessness seemed assured. The gaiety of the new ruler set- even in his brief reign- a new note which carried through to the wholly unexpected outbreak of war. In photographs and prints, in judiciously selected extracts from contemporary writers and today's backward glances, the period is unrolled:- the social round, the era of the ""seasons"", theatre and fashion and the art nouveau, votes for women and Irish unrest, dulled consciences barely recognizing the vast areas of poverty. I found the closeup of life in the great houses, the armies of servitors with their own social hierarchy, the succession of enormous meals- and the costs- perhaps the most amazing facet of all this unreal world. Definitely for the caviar palate and the carriage trade- a book more than lightly with snobbery.

Pub Date: Nov. 14, 1958

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Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1958