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Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce

The daughter of a call girl, writer Clare Boothe Luce defied her ”squalid” upbringing to become Vanity Fair‘s twentysomething managing editor in 1932, to author The Women, a 1936 Broadway hit about brutal high-society gossip, and to cover World War II for LIFE magazine. Throughout Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce, biographer Sylvia Jukes Morris offers an extraordinary study of ambition, talent, and ego. Shaped by her mother’s goadings, Boothe would neglect writing for more heady and lucrative conquests, including marriage to Henry Luce, TIME’s creator and publisher, in 1935. By 1942, when this first of two volumes ends (the second is currently in the works), she’s elected to Congress — with ”the price of fame” yet, ominously, to be paid. A-

Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce

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