The Coterie

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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. They also called themselves the "Corrupt Coterie".[1]

Many were the children of The Souls. Its members included: Lady Diana Manners, then considered a 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.[2] The First World War destroyed the original Coterie, taking the lives of Horner, Shaw-Stewart and Asquith.

They were best known for their extravagant parties and were also associated with such places as the Café Royal and The Cave of the Golden Calf, London's first nightclub.


  1. ^ Gordon, Lois G. (2007). Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist. Columbia University Press. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-231-13938-0. 
  2. ^ Duff Cooper: 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.