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The Coterie was a fashionable and famous set of English aristocrats and intellectuals of the 1910s, widely quoted and profiled in magazines and newspapers of the period. It adopted the hostile description as a "corrupt coterie".
Many were the children of The Souls. Its members included: Lady Diana Manners, the most famous beauty in England; Duff Cooper who became a Conservative politician and a diplomat; Raymond Asquith, son of the Prime Minister and a famed barrister; Maurice Baring; Patrick Shaw-Stewart, a managing director of Barings Bank and war poet; Nancy Cunard and her friend Iris Tree; Edward Horner and Sir Denis Anson. World War I destroyed the original Coterie, taking the lives of Horner, Shaw-Stewart and Asquith.
- Cooper, D: Old Men Forget, 1953
- Mackenzie, Jeanne. The Children of the Souls: A Tragedy of the First World War. London : Chatto, 1986.
- Lambert, Angela. Unquiet Souls: The Indian Summer of the British Aristocracy, 1880-1918. London : Macmillan, 1984.
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