Clare Boothe Luce

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Clare Boothe Luce

By Wilfrid Sheed
Dutton, 1982
183 pp. $12.95
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As editor (Vanity Fair), playwright (The Women), war correspondent (Life), Congresswoman (from Connecticut) and ambassador (to Italy), Clare Boothe Luce had a remarkable career. Yet feminists are ambivalent because she was attractive to men in positions of power (army generals, presidential advisers) and liked to have them around (Henry Luce). Sheed thinks she was not instinctively political, but liked the excitement, and the argument. He has written a sometimes wistful memoir of a sharp, talented and fiercely determined winner, who knew how to live with her losses, or cut them.

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