Start your review of Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade Auntie Mame 1 Write a review Nov 15, Richard Derus rated it really liked it Sparklingly witty, irreverently satirical, this novel manages to remain timelessly relevant in its cutting send-up of conformity, conservatism, and cupidity. Mame Dennis first swam into my ken during the long, hot, boring summer of , an anodyne to the astoundingly dreary Watergate hearings on TV. Here, read this," and she handed me "Auntie Sparklingly witty, irreverently satirical, this novel manages to remain timelessly relevant in its cutting send-up of conformity, conservatism, and cupidity. Here, read this," and she handed me "Auntie Mame. I love love loved this book then, and on re-reading it now 37 years later, I love it just as much
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He had one sister, Barbara, later Mrs. His father nicknamed him Pat before he was born after the Irish heavyweight boxer Pat Sweeney, "a dirty fighter known for kicking his opponents.
The first edition of Auntie Mame spent weeks on the bestseller list, selling more than 2 million copies in five different languages. The manuscript was turned down by 15 publishers before being accepted by the Vanguard Press. At the height of its popularity, it was selling more than 1, copies per day; throughout and , it sold between 1, and 5, per week.
The first, titled Little Me , recounts the escapades through life and love of glamour girl Belle Poitrine "as told to Patrick Dennis". The second "bio", titled First Lady , is the life story of Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield, oblivious wife of a robber baron who "stole" the U.
Personal life[ edit ] On December 30, , Dennis married Louise Stickney, with whom he had two children. In his later years, he left writing to become a butler, a job that his friends reported he enjoyed. Although he was, at long last, using his real name, he was in essence working yet again under a pseudonym; his employers had no inkling that their butler, Tanner, was the famous author Patrick Dennis.
His son, Dr.
Lost classic Auntie Mame revived after 50-year gap
Readers were captivated by the impossibly glamorous, "intoxicatingly perfumed" socialite for whom 9am was "the middle of the night". But by the s it had fallen out of fashion and out of print and was largely forgotten, along with its author, a flamboyant eccentric and bisexual, who gave up writing. Now the novel is to return to British bookshops. Its publication by Penguin Modern Classics next month follows a revival in Italy and America, where it has attracted feverish sales.
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