From the Publisher
Elaine Dundy was born in New York in the 1920s and raised on Park Avenue. After the war, she decided the stage was her true home; she headed first to Paris and then London, where she met Kenneth Tynan and cabled home: “Have married Englishman. Letter follows.”Self–invented, divorced from their backgrounds “we looked on each other with absolute certainty that nobody quite like us had ever existed.”They had a daughter, and Elaine gave up acting, but although their marriage was intoxicating, it was far from easy. The successful publication in 1958 of her first novel finished off the marriage. But it was the opening of a new world of writers for Elaine Dundy, including friendships with Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Gore Vidal. She went on to write biographies, including the story of her friend Peter Finch (Finch, Bloody Finch), and then surprised everyone with a groundbreaking biography of Elvis Presley and his mother — Elvis and Gladys.