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The Lesley Blanch archive of letters, photographs and other memorabilia is housed by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, USA. Learn more

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LESLEY BLANCH (1904-2007)

Historian, travel writer and illustrator

Distinguished traveller and biographer, Lesley Blanch, MBE, (1904-2007), is best-known for The Wilder Shores of Love about four nineteenth-century women who travelled East. The book became an instant classic when published in 1954. Visit her website

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Bohemian in spirit, Lesley Blanch was fearless and true to herself; a seductive scholarly romantic, with a soft spot for Russian men; and mad about the Orient. Her life reads like a novel.

Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places (Quartet Books) is the companion volume to Lesley Blanch's posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (Virago).

The French edition, translated by Lucien d'Azay is published by La Table Ronde, Paris, under the title Croquis d'une vie de bohème. Figaro Littéraire — "Fine, perceptive writing."

An early memoir, Journey Into the Mind’s Eye, "Blanch’s hybrid work of memoir, travelogue, history, and literary criticism, written in 1968 and recently reprinted by NYRB Classics, is startlingly ahead of its time . . . idiosyncratic and sparklingly entertaining” — Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Review of Books.

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GEORGE ELTON MAYO (1880-1949)

Psychologist, sociologist and management guru

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Psychologist, sociologist and management guru, Professor George Elton Mayo, (1880-1949), is chiefly remembered for the Hawthorne Experiments (1924-1933) which examined the effects of social relations, motivation, and employee satisfaction on factory productivity. He is featured in Tim Hindle's The Economist Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus (Economist Books), Browse & Buy

Book Sample [PDF] Elton Mayo: The Humanist Temper, a biography by RCS Trahair, A Zaleznik, (Taylor & Francis). Browse & Buy

Elton Mayo laid the ground rules for interviewing — the principles of which have been repeated in numerous 'how to' books on leadership, coaching and mentoring over the last half century — in The Psychology of Pierre Janet (page 23, Routledge Revivals). Browse & Buy

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GAEL ELTON MAYO (1921-92)

Writer, artist and photographer

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THE TIMES — Gael Elton Mayo's three volumes of autobiography have a classical hold on that marriage between love and death which is the right stuff for literature.

The Mad Mosaic by Gael Elton Mayo is her first-hand account of World War Two and the fight for freedom against authoritarian populism. It is ominously relevant to Western democracies today. Browse & Buy

Educated in England, Switzerland and at the Sorbonne, Gael Elton Mayo worked as writer-researcher for Magnum Photographers in Paris.

She covered England with Henri Cartier-Bresson, for Robert Capa’s brainchild, 'Generation X', which she describes in her autobiography, The Mad Mosaic, as "the name given to the unknown generation, those who were twenty after the war, and in the middle of a century. Capa wanted to choose a young man, and young girl, in each of twelve countries and five continents, examine their way of life, and find out what they were doing, thinking and hoping for the future." (Holiday changed 'Generation X' to 'Youth of the World' when it was published; an abbreviated version appeared in Picture Post in 1953.) Learn more