Item #17337 My American Diary. Clare Sheridan.
My American Diary.
My American Diary.
My American Diary.

My American Diary.

New York: Boni and Liveright, [ 1922]. First edition. Clare Sheridan (1885 – 1970) details, in a stream-of-consciousness style, her travels in America, including her acquaintances with the Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Morgan families, as well as with Otto Kahn. She also interviewed financier and statesman Barney Baruch, who helped her recover the busts of Lenin and Trotsky that she had sculpted while visiting Soviet Russia before they were impounded in customs. While sculpting a bust of Charlie Chaplin, the two began a relationship, which Sheridan discusses in the present work. With eight photo plates (including frontisportrait of Sheridan). Minor toning to leaves. In the original dust jacket with photo reproductions of Sheridan’s famous friends, including Charlie Chaplin, Sinclair Lewis, and Alice Roosevelt Longworth (some creasing, small smudge on spine, very good). A clean, bright, near-fine copy of this travel memoir by the noted sculptor, journalist, author, and diarist. Publisher’s red cloth with gilt-lettered spine. Uncut and largely unopened. Octavo. 359 pp. Item #17337

Sheridan’s reports on Soviet Russia, published as Russian Portraits, garnered attention from New York World editor Hebert Swope, who hired her as a correspondent and sent her to report from Mexico and California. Swope later employed her as a European correspondent: she interviewed revolutionary leaders in the Irish Civil War, as well as figures like Benito Mussolini, and reported from occupied Smyrna during the Greco-Turkish War.

Sheridan was also a cousin of Winston Churchill, with whom she was very close, though her Bolshevik sympathies and vocal support for the October Revolution caused a split between them for several decades.

Price: $500.00

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