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Publisher Description

The captivating story of the famed Savoy Hotel’s founders, told through three generations—and one hundred years—of glamour and high society.

For the gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish, a baby elephant borrowed from London Zoo pulled a five-foot high birthday cake.

In three generations, the D'Oyly Carte family and London's Savoy Hotel pioneered the idea of the luxury hotel and the modern theater, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, made Oscar Wilde a transatlantic celebrity, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularized early jazz, electric lights, and Art Deco.

Following the history of the iconic Savoy Hotel through three generations of the D'Oyly Carte family, The Secret Life of the Savoy brings to life the extraordinary cultural legacy of the most famous hotel in the world.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2021
June 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Pegasus Books
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
8.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Utah Cathy ,

D’Oyly Carte-An 19th Century Visionary

Although I am not a fan of light opera, this book chronicled the rise of the D’Oyly Carte family from the late 1800’s through the 1980’s. It is a good read even if you are not interested in the history of Gilbert and Sullivan, and their visionary D’Oyly Carte. The hotel and theater survived two world wars, rationing, and hostile takeover attempts. I would like to have seen more pictures of the characters. Also, the photo on the cover is Laurence Olivier and an unknown woman. However he was never mentioned in the book.