A classic memoir of the twentieth century, spanning through the Second World War, the Golden Age of Hollywood and the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
About the Book
Sir Cecil Beaton (1904 –1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, painter, diarist and Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer.
For almost as long as he could write Cecil Beaton kept his diaries. They accumulated year after year, and form a formidable pile of notebooks he extracted enough to fill six volumes.
This first volume covers seventeen years from 1922 to 1939 and is a fascinating and disarming book. Few franker autobiographical documents have seen the light of day.
He describes his friendships with famous men and women, artists, writers, actors, film stars and celebrated socialites.
The Wandering Years is a classic memoir of the twentieth century, spanning through the Second World War, the Golden Age of Hollywood and the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
‘It is an enormously illuminating book, about a multi-talented man with an apparently limitless reserve of energy’
‘An elegant and witty recreator of the period scene’
‘The Wandering Years is certainly Mr Beaton’s best book … The diaries belong to the classical case-histories of youthful struggles, of the instinct which guides the misfit to salvation’
'Wise, witty and perceptive'
– The New York Herald Tribune
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