Signed inscription to Joanne Carson - 1974
A gift from author Truman Capote to his friend Joanne Carson (ex-wife of Tonight Show host Johnny Carson) we offer one of the most beloved vintage books on interior designing, Billy Baldwin Remembers. Signed and inscribed by Capote to Carson, with provenance from the Carson estate, it reads:
For my muse
who has a lovely lazer [sic] perception for
living, loving, caring and accomplishing
from your devoted Truman
Billy Baldwin Remembers is a resplendent memoir by the dean of decorators of his more than 40 years of creating beautiful things for fascinating people. Billy Baldwin writes intimately of Greta Garbo, Cole Porter, Mary Wells, Gilbert and Kitty Miller, Mrs. William Paley, Diana Vreeland, the two Jackies (Kennedy and Onassis), and others of his famous clients.
Baldwin gives an irresistible account of the dark side of decorating-the impossible clients-in stories that are wickedly funny, not least because of Baldwin’s perpetual astonishment in the face of the absurd (the Broadway producer who wants a sofa covered in a “material I’ve never seen, ideally, one that has never ever been made,” or the playwright who orders him to buy false book spines to fill her bookcases. Through these pages teeming with invaluable decorating hints, the reader can trace the development of the theories that have made Baldwin the most sought after, admired, and imitated decorator on two continents. But the greatest pleasure will be in getting to know Billy Baldwin himself: his love for beauty, his nearly superhuman tolerance of idiosyncrasy, and his gentle, accepting humor.