Louise de Vilmorin
Louise de Vilmorin (1902-69) was a novelist and poet and the most extraordinary of women. Married to a Hungarian count, her lovers included Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Orson Welles and André Malraux. But it was Duff Cooper, British Ambassador to France, during the 1940s, who was the love of her life, and the translator of this novella. John Julius Norwich, his son, describes in his moving afterword the ménage à trois that he remembers as a child at the British Embassy in Paris.