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Sir Philip Sassoon (1888-1939), a glamorous and well-known figure in Britain for the first four decades of the 20th century, was the most eligible bachelor and the greatest host of his time. He attained prominence in the art world, high society and politics. In contrast, his sister Sybil (1894-1989) lived a much more private life. Yet she was fascinating in her own right, marrying into the grandest level of the English aristocracy, restoring Houghton - formerly the house of Sir Robert Walpole - to magnificence, and serving in the high command of the Women's Royal Naval Service during both World Wars.a#39;What a nice quiet Xmas you must have spent at Lympne with Hannah aamp; David [ Gubbay]; ita#39;s quiet here but oh! ... Thank you again ever so much for all your lovely Xmas presents Philip; I dona#39;t deserve this spoiling at all or all the wonderful help youa#39;ve given me over my room in London. ... is madder than ever about decoration - his dinner party was very well done - aamp; he made a charming host - bachelors do, ... The trouble is that youra#39;s and my ideas of cheapness dont always quite tally.

Author: Peter Stansky
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2003

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