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(King-Hall, Magdalene).
The Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion in the Year 1764-1765.

New York Meredith Press: 1967.

When this book first published in 1926, it was an immediate sensation - several critics rushed to their typewriters and declared that the newly discovered diaries of the captivating Cleone Knox rivaled Pepys. Unfortunately it was a fraud, albeit a fairly innocent one, and it turned out that Cleone Knox was merely a figment in the imagination of an equally remarkable writer -Magdalen King-Hall, who had never dreamed that her publisher would take the whole thing seriously. She was but 19 when she wrote it, "as an escape from the boredom of living at a select seaside resort, the inhabitants of which seemed...to consist mainly of formidable old ladies being dragged along the 'front' in bath chairs by ancient men...". In a way it's too bad it wasn't true, it starts out so promisingly- "March 3rd. This morning had a vastly unpleasant interview with my Father. Last night Mr. Ancaster, who is the indiscreetest young man alive, was seized suddenly while riding home along the shore with the desire to say good night to me. He climbed the wall... and had the boldness to attempt to climb the ivy below my window while but halfway up the Poor Impudent young man fell. As ill luck would have it Papa and Ned, who were conversing in the library, looked out at that moment and saw him lying Prostrate on the ground! My father it seems thinks me guilty of Indiscretion and Immodesty, though why I don't know, for I was sound asleep the whole time..."

5.5"x8", 142 pages, a fine copy in a rubbed and worn dj.

Inventory #: 30129
Price: $ 35.00      



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