Lady Of The Cards

Lady of the Cards
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release Date
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 321
ISBN 9781450060509
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Lady of the Cards documents the relationship of publisher and artist Rosita Fanto and Richard Ellmann, famed biographer of W. B.Yeats, James Joyce, and Oscar Wilde. Fanto describes their meetings in Monaco, London, Oxford, and New York, the growth of their friendship, its flirtations with romance, and the developing tensions with Ellmann’s family, who imagined that the artist and the writer had become lovers. It chronicles the Ellmann-Fanto publication of the Oscar Wilde Playing Cards, the course of Ellmann’s debilitating illness—Lou Gehrig’s Disease—his death and its legal and emotional consequences, focusing on his close relationship with “Rosita”(Fanto) at the end of his life. The memoir written in the form of a novel explores private archives and summons true identities. Intellectually and emotionally stimulating, Lady of the Cards is a sensitive and rich description of that delicious frisson of excitement which occurs between two people walking along the edge of an emotional cliff. Merlin Holland, author of The Wilde Album and Oscar Wilde, a Life in Letters Book Review. A platonic midlife romance strikes creative sparks in this winsome roman á clef. Fanto, a publisher and artist, knew Richard Ellmann, acclaimed biographer of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, for several years before his death in 1987; the two had collaborated on the creation of a line of arty Wilde-themed playing cards. In Fanto’s fictionalized version of their relationship, they are also soul mates. Nearing 70, Dick Ellmann is a rumpled, warmhearted American scholar, devoted to caring for his invalid wife Mary. Rosita, radiating in all directions from her home in Monte Carlo, is a middle-aged jet-setter who can’t eat dinner in Manhattan without Andy Warhol dropping by her table. But she’s also smart, spontaneous, and a devotee of the l’acte gratuit, the hidden gesture of uncompensated kindness. (She meets Dick while helping a friend auction off some Joyce letters.) A professional connoisseur of fascinating lives, Dick savors Rosita’s colorful stories of growing up in a wealthy Rumanian family, wartime exile in Brazil, a brother’s assassination, and her adventurous encounters with the rich and famous—from Salvador Dali to Orson Welles. In turn, Dick shares his subtle insights into the psyches and geniuses of writers and poets. Their affection grows but is stymied by Dick’s dutifulness toward Mary. It sustains itself on sporadic intercontinental visits, longing letters and hesitant glances full of unspoken desire. A consummation of a kind occurs when Rosita proposes the playing-card project to complement Dick’s soon-to-be-completed Wilde biography, but the aesthetic and intellectual glow of their collaboration darkens as Dick slowly succumbs to Lou Gehrig’s disease. Fanto fills the narrative with risqué witticisms and piquant sketches of the glitterati, but her breezy, stylish prose still conveys the passion and pathos of an attraction that seems all the more intense for being so tightly constrained. A vibrant story of late-blooming love.—Kirkus Discoveries

Lady of the Cards
  • Author : Rosita G. Fanto
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2010-04-30

Lady of the Cards documents the relationship of publisher and artist Rosita Fanto and Richard Ellmann, famed biographer of W. B.Yeats, James Joyce, and Oscar Wilde. Fanto describes their meetings in Monaco, London, Oxford, and New York, the growth of their friendship, its flirtations with romance, and the developing

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Catalogue of Old Playing Cards  from the Collection of the Late Lady Charlotte Schreiber Which Will be Sold by Auction on the 1st Day of May  1896  and Following Day
  • Author : Sotheby & Co. (London, England)
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1896

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The Card Lady
  • Author : Linda Eskin
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2016-04-14

With just a pen and a sheet of paper what could you tuck in someone's heart? From the time the card lady was a young girl she understood, everyone needs to be appreciated and remembered. Using a pen like a magic wand, she finds she can touch many hearts with

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Lady of the Cards
  • Author : Rosita G. Fanto
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2010

Lady of the Cards documents the relationship of publisher and artist Rosita Fanto, and Richard Ellmann, famed biographer of W.B.Yeats, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. Fanto describes their meetings in Monaco, London, Oxford and New York, the growth of their friendship, its flirtations with romance, and the developing

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The Golden Key to Prosperity and Happiness
  • Author : Granville L. Howe
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1885

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  • Author : Dorian Lee
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1952

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The young ladies  treasure book  A complete cyclop  dia of practical instruction and direction for all indoor and outdoor occupations and amusements suitable to young ladies
  • Author : Young ladies
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1884

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  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1855

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The Amazing Book of Card Tricks
  • Author : Jon Tremaine
  • Publisher : Booksales
  • Release Date : 1994-05

Explain step-by-step the execution of a variety of card tricks.

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The Perfect Hero   The Perfect Lady    Two Cards for Children
  • Author : Harold B. KETCHLEY
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1932

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Sunbeams
  • Author : Dempsey & Carroll
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1887

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Cat Lady Old Maid
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017

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  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-06-24

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The Chautauquan
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1891

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Lady Anne and Lady Jane  Austin and his wife  The mysterious stranger  Appearance is against her  Valentine s eve  Mrs  Arlington  Proposals of marriage  White lies  Henry Woodville  The Quaker  A tale of trials  The ruffian boy  Welcome home
  • Author : Amelia Opie
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1841

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