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Smith, Life’s a Circus.

Smith, Life's a Circus.

Smith, Lady Eleanor. Life’s a Circus – Reminiscences of Lady Eleanor Smith. London / New York / Toronto, Longman’s, Green and Co., 1939. Octavo. IX, 294 pages. Original Hardcover with illustrated dustjacket in protective Mylar. Near Fine condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Lady Eleanor Furneaux Smith (1902, Birkenhead – 1945) was an English writer. The eldest of the politician F. E. Smith’s three children, she worked as a society reporter and cinema reviewer for a while, then as a publicist for circus companies. In the latter role she travelled more widely, and gained inspiration for her third career, writing popular novels and short stories which often provided the basis for the ‘Gainsborough melodramas’ of the period. These stories often had a romanticised historical or Gypsy setting, based on her own research into Romany culture (she believed one of her paternal great-grandmothers to have been a Gypsy). Smith also wrote ghost stories; many of them were collected in her book Satan’s Circus (1932). Smith was a supporter of the Conservative Party. (Wikipedia)

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Smith, Life's a Circus.
Smith, Life’s a Circus.