Thursday, September 27, 2007

Chanel: Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend She Herself Created by Edmonde Charles-Roux

This is an alert. As I continue to work on my book about biographies, I find great older titles that might be in danger of being withdrawn from libraries. Chanel by Edmonde Charles-Roux is a prime example. It is as good a read today as 32 years ago. According to Worldcat, there are still 643 copies in libraries. If you have it, don't withdraw it. It will be in my book. Here is a first draft of it's entry.

Charles-Roux, Edmonde. Chanel: Her Life, Her World, and the Woman Behind the Legend She Herself Created. Translated from the French by Nancy Amphoux. Knopf, 1975. 380p. ISBN 0394476131.

Why has there been no television miniseries about Coco Chanel? Her life reads like a racy French novel. She not only created perfumes, the first modern women's bathing suit, and the first little black dress, she also convinced women to throw away corsets, shorten their skirts, and wear costume jewelry without apology. She met royalty and knew all of Europe's most famous fashion designers. Former editor of French Vogue Edmonde Charles-Roux also reveals she kept shocking secrets until her death in 1971. Truly biography that reads like fiction.

Subjects: Chanel, Coco; Fashion Designers; Twentieth Century; Women.

Story Line: Celebrity Biography; Great Achievement; Rags to Riches; Romance.

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I have not yet decided what books to recommend to readers who enjoyed Chanel. Have any suggestions?


Josefine said...

When I read this entry I felt I needed to read this book! Unfortunately it was not available at my local library I might just have to order it over the internet.

ricklibrarian said...


Before you buy it, ask your library to borrow it through interlibrary loan. Borrowing books from libraries helps keep them in collections.