Friends, I’m on a fact-finding mission. Or to be more specific, I’m interested in the different ways people write about facts. Biographies can vary in style — journalistic, salacious, or massive in scope — and I want to know what biographies you all have enjoyed.
When we last left our heroes, Decca and Esmond were grieving the death of their infant daughter Julia. Months after their daughter’s death, the Romillys decided to emigrate to the United States. In loving Esmond, Decca lost her father, her closest sisters, many material comforts she was accustomed to, and suffered the death of a child. Would she be also willing to give up her home country? To Decca, if she was with Esmond, fighting “the good fight,” she was in the best home she would ever know.
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So let it be known that Wallis is not a Badass Lady in the same vein as Amelia Earhart or Eleanor Roosevelt or Josephine Baker (though she may have known Jo! They both hung out in Paris during the 30s so it’s highly likely they crossed paths) or other women who actively campaigned for equality and progress. No, Wallis is badass because she lived bravely and openly despite being cast as the Jezebel archetype–a woman scorned, reviled, and hated (by an entire country, no less) for engaging in “mannish” behavior such as divorcing, having affairs, and being “ambitious.” Read More Badass Ladies of History: Wallis Simpson