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Those Wild Wyndhams

Those Wild Wyndhams by Claudia Renton
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Jun 05, 2018 | 480 Pages
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Praise for Claudia Renton’s THOSE WILD WYNDHAMS:

“Renton brings the subjects of John Singer Sargent’s famous painting The Wyndham Sisters vividly to life in this captivating collective biography. Beautiful, intelligent, witty, and liberated for their time and place, this charming trio collectively defied Victorian and Edwardian conventions.”–Booklist

“[B]eguiling … Ms. Renton evokes the Wyndhams’ aristocratic, cultivated milieu, the rich amenities of Edwardian England, and the stylish resignation the women maintained as their circumstances, their health and their country irreversibly declined … An elegant, amusing writer … a humane and tender portrait of three sisters in all their grandeur and vulnerability.”–Richard Davenport-Hines, The Wall Street Journal

“[S]plendid … Renton’s nimble touch never fails. Drawing on letters, diaries, and historical records, she afford us an intimate yet clear-eyed view of a dynasty that both embodied and shaped a tumultuous era. Her portrait, no less than Sargent’s, is a triumph of observation, insight, and erudition … Renton’s descriptions are as evocative as they are informative.”–Anna Mundow, The Washington Post

“[T]he author’s firm hands on the reins of her material ensure that readers are always entertained, and often also enlightened … well-researched and well-written.”–Claire Hopley, Washington Times

“It is many years since I have been waiting for someone to fill Nancy Mitford’s shoes as a U-biographer, but Claudia Renton has done it with her lively, spirited story of the three beautiful Wyndham sisters and the privileged world in which they lived. Her book elegantly combines romance and history, set against the ultimately doomed and fatal glory of Edwardian England.”–Michael Korda, author of Alone

“[An] accomplished literary debut, a spirited and captivating history of the lives and loves of aristocrats in Victorian/Edwardian Britain … a richly detailed tapestry featuring the alluring Wyndham sisters … A sparkling family portrait and riveting history.” —Kirkus

“Three high-society sisters who were part of the British cultural and political elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries … a portrait of the aristocratic intelligentsia in Victorian and Edwardian England. This tale of the witty, sparkling privileged set may appeal most to fans of Downton Abbey.”–Publishers Weekly

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