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The Windsor story by J. Bryan III

The Windsor story (1979)

by J. Bryan III, Charles J. V. Murphy

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This dual biography of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, published in 1979, is a gossipy journalistic account, not very well footnoted but full of judgments, mostly adverse to the Duke and Duchess. The account of the time up to the abdication on Dec 11, 1936, is super interesting, even though I did on Jan 3, 1982 read Abdication by Brian Inglis, and so some of the story was familiar. The lives of the couple after their marriage are less interesting, and the great detail as to their possessions and social life does get tiresome. The book ends before the Duchess dies, though she was physically and mentally in bad shape when the book ends.. ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 29, 2011 |
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Judge them not harshly in a love

Whose hold was strong;
Sorrow therein they tasted of,
And deeply, and too long.

-- The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall, Thomas Hardy
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Since my collaborator and friend J. Bryan III, has done the larger share of this book, it has fallen to me to relate how our collaboration began and why we have told the story of the Windsors as we have. (Preface)
The British journalist and critic Alastair Forbes, writing about the Duchess of Windsor in The Times Literary Supplement, November 1, 1974, made this observation: "She can be said to come from a far higher social stratum than, say, Princess Grace of Monaco, Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy Onassis) or the Jerome or Vanderbilt ladies of the nineteenth century."
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A dual biography of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Edward VIII of England and Wallis Warfield Simpson) told by two journalists, one of whom assisted the principals in writing their memoirs.
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