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Issue Details: First known date: 1933... 1933 The Most Fetching Woman in London
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Journalist Caleb Mortimer recounts his experience of meeting 'the most fetching woman in London', English writer, Ethel Mannin (1900-1984). Mortimer humorously describes his anticipation, and subsequent preparation, that preceded his arranged meeting with the authoress. Describing his encounter with Mannin, Mortimer writes that he 'beheld a lady with yellow hair and cerulean draperies', whose 'actual Cockney prettiness' was 'incompatible' with the 'Mona Lisa loveliness' of her portrait.


  • The November 1933 issue of The Home contains, 'Ethel Mannin Writes to The Home', a fervent rebuttal by the authoress to this piece by Caleb Mortimer. (appears in the topical monthly column, 'Contributed Comments (and Complaints)')

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Portrait of Ethel Mannin.
  • Appears in:
    y The Home vol. 14 no. 6 1 June Hera Roberts (illustrator), 1933 Z1818277 1933 periodical issue 1933 pg. 37, 78
    Note: illus., port.
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