- They had once been romantically involved.
- They were both sworn enemies of Gore Vidal.
- They were related by marriage.
- Like Norman Mailer, the Duchess, too, had won a Pulitzer Prize.
In a back-handed compliment (front-handed insult?), Gore Vidal once wrote that Norman Mailer’s “faults, though many, add to rather than subtract from the sum of his natural achievements.” His diametrical opposite was Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, whose faults ultimately got the better of her. He was a New Journalism writer based in New York. She was an old-school socialite based in London. Seemingly, they had nothing in common, but there was a link between them. What was it?
“The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.”
--20th Century Oil Baron J. Paul Getty, How to Be Rich
“Always a poodle, only a poodle! That, and three strands of pearls! Together they are absolutely the essential things in life.”
-- Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, Forget Not, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll: Her Autobiography