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Book Title: La Grande Therese: The Greatest Scandal of the Century|
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780060196226
The author of the book: Hilary Spurling
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 865 KB
Edition: Counterpoint LLC
Read full description of the books La Grande Therese: The Greatest Scandal of the Century:One hundred years ago, Therese Humbert was one of the most powerful women in France. Her salon was the center of Parisian life and her wealth, as the daughter of an American billionaire, was fabled. She lived a fantastic lifestyle, was the talk of Paris, and was connected through marriage to Henri Matisse. But in truth, she was one of the greatest imposters France had ever seen -- this doyenne of high society was actually an incredibly resourceful and inventive commoner whose grand lifestyle was based solely on illusion and fantasy wealth. When she was exposed in 1902, the scandal nearly destroyed the French Third Republic. Thousands of creditors, including Matisse's in-laws, were ruined. An unforgettable real-life story, La Grande Therese describes the rise and fall of a poor French peasant girl with extraordinary willpower and irresistible powers of persuasion.
Read information about the authorHilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL (born 1940) is a British writer, known as a journalist and biographer. She won the Whitbread Prize for the second volume of her biography of Henri Matisse in January 2006. Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China was published in March 2010.
She is married to playwright John Spurling, and has three children (Amy, Nathaniel and Gilbert) and two grandchildren.
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