The Queen Of Whale Cay Kate Summerscale

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The Queen Of Whale Cay  by  Kate Summerscale

The Queen Of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale
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British eccentric Marion Joe Carstairs (1900-1993) was a world-class speedboat racer, heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, ruler of her own Caribbean Island ... and a cross-dressing lesbian. This biography places Carstairss adventurous life in theMoreBritish eccentric Marion Joe Carstairs (1900-1993) was a world-class speedboat racer, heiress to the Standard Oil fortune, ruler of her own Caribbean Island ...

and a cross-dressing lesbian. This biography places Carstairss adventurous life in the context of 20th-century attitudes toward sexual deviance. During the permissive 1920s, Carstairs was able to flaunt her taste for women in the bohemian circles of London and Paris. She had affairs with numerous gals, including Natalie Barney and Dolly Wilde, Oscars niece.

When writing about Carstairss boat races, the press of that roaring decade regarded her as a loveable tomboy. But as social norms shifted in the 30s, Carstairss lifestyle was frowned upon. So she acquired Whale Cay, an island off the coast of Florida, turned it into her own version of paradise, became a gentleman farmer, and had an affair with Marlene Dietrich.

Carstairss most important and long-term relationship, though, was with Lord Tod Wadley, a stuffed leather doll. --Rebecca Brown



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