My Story.London: Duckworth, 1929 Stock Code: 107273
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "To Mr. & Mrs. Percy with love from Betty May, 1929". The autobiography of the notorious night-club singer, darling of the Café Royal set, and muse to Aleister Crowley, Augustus John, and Jacob Epstein is uncommon, with ten locations on Library Hub.
Tiger-Woman "provides a very good account of her early life spent in 'one of the poorest and most squalid' districts of London, with details of home and early struggles introduced to London's bohemian and affluent society, and the text provides lively descriptions of a life centred on sex, drugs and alcohol. A rare glimpse at nightclub existence" (BM & V).
The novelist Anthony Powell, then working for Duckworth, called it a "somewhat bizarre work which I was responsible for Duckworth's publishing not without some trepidation on Balston's part". The quality of the writing raised suspicions that the book had been ghost-written by one of May's many journalistic and literary friends. According to Powell, it was assembled from various newspaper articles by a young journalist with whom she was then living.
Octavo. Original orange cloth, title in blue to the spine.
Portrait frontispiece and 10 other plates.
Some what rubbed and soiled, and a little shaken, hinges cracked, but holding, toning to the text, a bout very good.
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