Lesley Blanch


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(1904–2007 ),

romantic biographer, orientalist, and travel writer, best known for The Wilder Shores of Love (1954), dedicated to her then husband, novelist Romain Gary (1914–80). It tells the lives of four women ‘enthralled by the Oriental legend’: these include Isabel Burton née Arundell, wife of Sir R. Burton. Pavilions of the Heart (1974) is an anthology of various historic erotic venues. Blanch also edited the memoirs of Harriette Wilson as The Game of Hearts (1957), and published a memoir, Journey Into the Mind's Eye (1968).

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