Like the better-known Mitfords, the Garman sisters took center
stage in Bohemian London during the first half of the twentieth
century. Beautiful, flamboyant, and headstrong, they broke away
from middle-class conventions, seducing and inspiring a generation
of artists. Kathleen, an enigmatic artist's model and aspiring
pianist, was the lover and, later, wife of controversial
American-born sculptor Jacob Epstein. Mary married the maverick
poet Roy Campbell, whose verse attack on the Bloomsbury group
following Mary's affair with Vita Sackville-West was the literary
scandal of the epoch. Lorna, the youngest and most beautiful of the
sisters, was the lover of both the painter Lucian Freud and the
poet Laurie Lee.
The Rare and the Beautiful offers the first portrait of a
beguiling band of eccentric siblings who possessed an uncanny
ability to turn heads, break hearts, and spark creative genius. Set
against the exciting backdrop of London's decadent subculture, it
evokes their extraordinary milieu of high culture, drama, and
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