It has long been known that Edith Wharton had an intense love affair around 1908. For years readers assumed that it was with Walter Berry, her friend since youth, until it was revealed that her lover was not Berry, but rather Morton Fullerton, an American living in Paris. Until now little has been known of Morton Fullerton except that he was a Harvard graduate, a Paris correspondent for the Times of London, and a friend of Henry James.
In this unusual detective story, Marion Mainwaring unfolds for her readers her pursuit of Fullerton and of the people, both high and low, who were part of his checkered life in France, America, and England. Her far-flung investigations take her to slums and chateaux, to talks with counts and viscounts, concierges, engineers, sculptors, diplomats, and, in the end, to the astonishing figure of Morton Fullerton.
Talented, intelligent, sophisticated, and ambitious, Fullerton also proved to be egotistical and unscrupulous, a cad and a con man, but his overwhelming personal charm attracted friends and lovers of both sexes. Mysteries of Paris uncovers, one by one, the details of his career as a writer and a spy, his love affairs with Wharton and other women, his close friendship with James, and his relations with Oscar Wilde, George Santayana, Paul Verlaine, Theodore Roosevelt, and many others.
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6 x 9 trim. 24 illus. LC 00-027745From the Inside Flap:
"A remarkable book, vivid, terse . . . I am simply fascinated. I have for years argued that biographies are mostly formless and that they can be written as creatively as fiction without being fiction."—Leon Edel
"Mainwaring has resurrected the forgotten figure of Morton Fullerton, the faithless love of Edith Wharton's life, whose insinuating career as a smart journalist and international Don Juan earned him the friendship of the great, out of a hundred obscure leads ignored by other scholars. We follow the path of this brilliant literary detective with the excitement we might expect from a Sherlock Holmes case history, with the added benefit of seeing a colorful era colorfully reilluminated."—Louis Auchincloss
"A life unearthed, original and elegant in the telling, fascinating in its discoveries. Marion Mainwaring's passions, humor and honesty find truths that only the greatest biographers have the imagination to render."—Joseph McElroy, author of Women and Men
"Marion Mainwaring's pursuit of enigmatic Morton Fullerton, beloved of Edith Wharton and Henry James (and so many others), makes a sumptuous feast of a book. Revelations about her subject punctuate an account of the vicissitudes of her obsessive research that is fascinating in itself and told with irresistibly idiosyncratic charm and wit."—Harry Mathews
"With graceful step and witty pen biographer/sleuth Marion Mainwaring enlists the reader in pursuit of the elusive Morton Fullerton, journalist and rogue, &'dearest friend' to Henry James, lover of Edith Wharton, Dreyfusard and blackmail victim. The author's investigation winds through a tangle of clues around the arondissements of Paris and on to London and Madrid, while we savor Mainwaring's keen social observation, share behind-the-scenes secrets with her, and arrive at the final resolution of this 'mystery of Paris.' A good yarn and a stylistic triumph."—Nadya Aisenberg, author of Leaving Eden
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