Merrily I Go to Hell: Reminiscences of a Bishop's Daughter
by Cameron, Lady Mary (pseud. for Dorothy Fletcher, aka Dorothy Fletcher Cochran)
New York: Brentano's. Near Fine in Near Fine dj. 1931. 3rd printing. Hardcover. NOISBN . [very nice book and jacket, just minimal wear to both; jacket lightly browned at edges of rear panel]. "The madcap daughter of an English bishop tells the story of her eventful life. A rebel from infancy, after many escapades she is expelled from school. At sixteen she is a nurse, dishwasher and ambulance driver attached to an officer's hospital behind the lines. Invalided home, she is soon 'carrying on' as an oxy-acetylene welder in an airplane factory. From this she turns her talents to managing the Air Ministry -- with a little help from Winston Churchill." The author, who also wrote a couple of novels in the 1930s, was a minor Broadway actress in the late 1920s, and worked as a script girl on at least one film, the 1933 production of THE EMPEROR JONES, starring Paul Robeson; she was later married to an artist named Gifford Cochran, Jr. The jacket blurb contends that the book is "as frank as it is true," but goes to some pains to justify the author's anonymity (she belonged to "an aristocratic old English family," wanted "to spare parental mortification," etc.) and further claims that her story "is proved by documentary and other evidence in her publisher's possession." You can believe what you want to believe, but here's one piece of evidence: The book includes an interlude in America, during which she's involved with the Theatre Guild in New York -- even, by her account, being called on to stand in, on short notice, for an indisposed Lynn Fontanne. Although that might seem a little dubious, in fact three of the stage acting credits I've been able to uncover for Dorothy Fletcher were minor roles in Lunt-Fontanne plays, all in the 1926/27 season. So...eh, it's possible. [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused at our website, which you'll have to figure out how to find yourself. Many of the items can only be seen in that catalog, i.e. are not listed on whatever website you're viewing this.] . (Inventory #: 19337)
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