New York: Richard R. Smith, 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 504 pages. Photo-illustrated plates. Beige linen cloth with photo-illustrated dust jacket. A fine copy in publisher's dustjacket with a hint of wear. Item #18164
Autobiography by Polish-born opera singer, Madame Ganna Walska, 'a woman of beauty and wit, and a patroness of the arts whos activities have always been directed toward fostering the true and the beautiful'. Ms. Walska was a garden enthusiast who created the Lotusland botanical gardens at her mansion in Montecito, California. She was married six times, four times to wealthy husbands. The lavish promotion of her lackluster opera career by her fourth husband, Harold Fowler McCormick, inspired aspects of the screenplay for the movie "Citizen Kane"