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Here Lies the Heart (Homosexuality) Hardcover – June 1, 1975

ISBN-13: 978-0405073601 ISBN-10: 0405073607

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Product Details

  • Series: Homosexuality
  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Ayer Co Pub (June 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0405073607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0405073601
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately Mercedes De Acosta is now best known for having had affairs with both Geta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Don't look here for hot gossip or lesbian secrets, however, because "Here Lies the Heart" is not that kind of autobiography. Rather, De Acosta charts out the fascinating life and people she was fortunate enough to meet, with energy and wit to spare.
Starting early in her life, Mercedes De Acosta had a love of the arts -- just about anything, so long as the person who made it was a passionate artist. As a little girl, she met presidents and royalty. She was part of an eccentric Spanish family living in the US, who dared to skim by controversy (backless dresses, divorce).
Mercedes herself was an unusual person, who pursued Eastern religion, fought for animal and women's rights, wore pants before it was acceptable, and threatened to divorce her new husband when he referred to her by a married name. She worked (rather disappointingly) in Hollywood and travelled all over the world. And throughout her life De Acosta met and/or befriended poets, playwrights, singers, actors -- including Isadora Duncan, George Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward, Greta Garbo, Sarah Bernhardt, Marlene Dietrich, and many others.
Mercedes De Acosta wrote one of the rarest kinds of autobiographies: She talked a lot more about other people than she did about herself. In fact, we get to know her a lot better by how she saw other people than how she described herself -- impulsive, romantic, and tending to self-examination. Her memories become a bit fantastical in places, like where she claims to remember hugging a bear when she was a baby. But it feels like kicking a puppy to complain about accuracy problems.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Trina M. Ainsworth on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating autobiography. Mercedes traveled the world during the early part of the century. Interacted with the great artists and celebrities of her time. She even made it chic for women to wear pants when no one was doing it. She was also a talented writer, believed in animal rights before it was popular, studied Eastern religion. Extraordinary woman. If you love history, this book will teach you a lot!
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Book is very good encounters of Mercedes with different people in different parts of world. He visit to South India to visit Raman Maharshi is especially touching and cool
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