IN THE REVIEW

A Genuine Fake

Prince of Aesthetes: Count Robert de Montesquiou, 1855-1921

by Philippe Jullian, Translated from the French by John Haylock and Francis King
Count Robert de Montesquiou was an aristocrat, poet, wit, art critic, art patron, interior decorator, male beauty queen, and arbiter of elegance. A hollow man, yes; but the more you peel off the layers, the more he is still there. If he was a fake, he was a genuine fake.