New York: Boni and Liveright. Good+. (c.1922). First Edition. Hardcover. (no dust jacket) [moderately worn book, slight bumping/fraying to bottom corners, some fading to cloth at spine]. (B&W photographs) Travel diary by the noted sculptor/journalist/bohemian, covering the year (give or take) she spent touring America (with a side trip to Mexico), from February 1921 to January 1922. This was her second book (her first was the diary of her 1920 trip to Moscow, during which she executed busts of some of the notable Russian revolutionaries, including Lenin and Trotsky), and she would go on to write about a dozen more. Once known as "the most daring woman in Europe," she was an indefatigable traveler, and her social connections in her native England (Winston Churchill was a cousin) ensured that wherever she went she would meet many of "the best people." The final chapters of the book deal with her time in Hollywood, where she met and sculpted Charlie Chaplin, and (according to some sources) also had a fling with him, although she is of course quite discreet about that in this telling. In 1922, just after the period covered in this book, she became an overseas correspondent for the New York World, and in the course of her continuing travels she interviewed many prominent figures of the day. She died in 1970 at the ripe old age of 84, having outlived both her children -- one of whom, Dick, accompanied her on this trip and is often mentioned in the text. (Her daughter, Margaret, had remained behind in England, where she was "being brought up like a conventionally proper little girl" -- it having been considered somewhat improper for her to go tramping around the world with her entirely unconventional mother.) The last two of the eight photos in the book, by the way, are shots (taken by Sheridan herself) of Chaplin. . (Inventory #: 22874)
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