1st Edition c1981, Lady Diana Cooper, Viscountess Norwich née Lady Diana Manners, biography, 29 Aug 1892-16 Jun 1986, by Philip Ziegler


This delightful find is a biography by Philip Ziegler about Lady Diana Cooper, aka, Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Cooper, Viscountess Norwich (née Lady Diana Manners; 29 August 1892 – 16 June 1986), who was a famously glamorous social figure in London and Paris.

Lady Diana Cooper was in her prime widely regarded as the most beautiful woman in England and the idol of her generation. She was witty, outrageous, generous and loyal.

Famous as a member of the aristocratic and intellectual group 'The Cotorie', she later edited the magazine Femina before starting a career as an actress on the stage and then in films during the 1920s.

Her husband, Duff Cooper, was parliament in 1924 and Diana continued as a society hostess until his retirement in 1947.

Diana wrote three volumes of memoirs in the 1950s which are published by Faber Finds, and she died in 1986 aged 93.

Philip Ziegler's biography is a compulsive read, telling the story of a remarkable woman and her passionate life. 'For nine decades a symbol of all that is dashing and daring, a synonym for courage and wit and inspired friendship.' Sunday Telegraph 'Combines total honesty with total affection . . . A portrait which you can laugh over, cry over and think over as well.' Punch 'No wonder Evelyn Waugh loved her.' Scotsman

About the Author: Philip Ziegler (born 1929) is one of Britain's most distinguished biographers and historians. His works include biographies of Diana Cooper, Lord Melbourne (both to be reissued in Faber Finds), Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Osbert Sitwell. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Edward Heath.

With this book comes two original vintage British newspaper articles about Lady Diana Cooper written when she was approaching 90 years old, from The Times on Tuesday August 31 1982 regarding fashion:

"People always wore big skirts to hide champagne. you could see them in their boxes lifting up the dresses and hauling out their bottles"

The second, The Observer, Sunday 25 October, 1981 "Lady Diana Cooper talks to Cynthia Kee about grandparents and grandchildren."

The owner of the book and the newspaper clippings was His Honor Judge Monier-Williams according to the shield stuck on the inside front cover.


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