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Beaton in the Sixties: The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1965-1969
Beaton in the Sixties: The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1965-1969 by Cecil Beaton 1400042976 9781400042975
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Beaton in the Sixties: The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1965-1969 by Cecil Beaton

This second volume of Cecil Beatons unexpurgated diaries, from 1965 to 1969, catches this prolific photographer, artist, writer and designer at the height of his powers and at the center of everything. And no wonderas Oliver Smith, the set designer forMy Fair Lady, said, he had more energy than anyone Ive ever known. Hugo Vickers, the author of Beatons acclaimed biography, went back to the original manuscripts to find the unedited material in order to sidestep Beatons endless retouching and has added, as with the firstvolume of unexpurgated Beaton, fascinating notes that are as lively as the diary entries themselves. Here is Beaton around the world, always in the hot spots of the moment: during the swinging sixties in London, photographing the Queen, doing fashion shoots for BritishVogue, and having lunch with Nol Coward and dinner with Cyril Connolly. He is in Morocco with the Rolling Stones; in the Greek islands for a cruise on Ccile de Rothschilds yacht with his former lover, Garbo; in New York attending Truman Capotes Black-and-White Ball; at work on Alan Jay Lerner and Andr Previns musicalCocowith Katharine Hepburn and onLa Traviatawith Anna Moffo at the Methe is even caught in the first big New York City blackout; he is at a dinner for President Lyndon Johnson and invited for tea and caviar with Jacqueline Onassis. Hes in Mougins to photograph Picasso, and then off to Monaco to see Princess Grace, among many other adventures. The eccentric English aesthete Stephen Tennant called Beaton a self-created genius. Though he came out of the Edwardian era, Beaton was a modern polymath with a ferocious drive to be famous, and these diaries reflect his success at working with the most celebrated and creative figures. Reverential, testy, ebullient and acutely observed, they present us with the fascinating minutiae not only of one life but of the best part of a dazzling decade.

Author: Cecil Beaton

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 544

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2004-11-02

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ISBN: 1400042976

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