Always Room at the Top

By: Walska, Ganna

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Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[book is just lightly shelfworn, minor soiling to bottom of text block; jacket has one closed tear at bottom of front panel, another at top of spine, small chip at bottom front hinge]. (B&W photographs) The memoir of "an internationally known personality -- a woman of beauty and wit, and a patroness of the arts whose activities have always been directed toward fostering the true and the beautiful." Ganna Walska (1887-1984) was a Polish opera singer and garden enthusiast whose enduring creation, the botanical gardens at her Montecito, California estate, "Lotusland," are a wonder to behold. She was married six times, more often than not to rich guys, but one in particular stands out: husband #4, Harold F. McCormick, chairman of the board of International Harvester (yes, he was one of those McCormicks), to whom she was married from 1922 to 1931. It wasn't that he himself was particularly exceptional, but he assured Madame Walska a kind of faux immortality by relentlessly and lavishly promoting her career as an opera singer, which, although it never caught fire (because she was a mediocre singer), did provide Orson Welles with the inspiration for a major plot element in CITIZEN KANE.

Title: Always Room at the Top

Author: Walska, Ganna

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Richard R. Smith: 1943

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj

Seller ID: 23767

Keywords: Autobiography Opera Singers