Champagne Cholly, The Life and Times of Maury Paul
Brown, Eve. Champagne Cholly, The Life and Times of Maury Paul. First Edition, First Printing. 1947. Book and dust jacket are both in good plus condition—jacket shows fraying. and minor tears.
This biography on the Hearst Newspapers society columnist was written by his longtime assistant (Girl Friday in 1940s lingo). The café society years made for interesting gossip columns, and there are many fun examples of that here. In one episode, Cholly’s feature on “New York Hostesses” was dying because hostesses were spending too much time at El Morocco and the Stork Club to contribute. Hence, Cholly cribbed recipes from his sworn enemy Elsie de Wolfe’s Recipes for Successful Dining and falsely attributed them to society women.