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Caresse Crosby

Born: Apr 20, 1891

Death: Jan 26, 1970

Birthplace: New Rochelle

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Caresse Crosby

Date of Birth : Apr 20, 1891
Date of Death : Jan 26, 1970
Birth Place : New Rochelle

Caresse Crosby was the first recipient of a patent for the modern bra, an American patron of the arts, publisher, and the "literary godmother to the Lost Generation of expatriate writers in Paris." She and her second husband, Harry Crosby, founded the Black Sun Press which was instrumental in publishing early works of many authors who would later become famous, including Kay Boyle, Hart Crane, Archibald MacLeish, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Duncan, Anais Nin, Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller. Crosby's parents, William Hearn Jacob and Mary Jacob, were both descended from American colonial families, William from the Van Rensselaer family and Mary from William Phelps. In 1915, she married Richard R. Peabody, another blue blooded Bostonian whose family had arrived in New Hampshire in 1635. They had two children, but following Richard's service in World War I, Richard became a drunk who loved to watch buildings burn. She met Harry Crosby at a picnic in 1920 and they had sex within two weeks. Their public relationship scandalized proper Boston society. Two years later Richard granted her a divorce and Harry and Polly were married.


  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur

Also known as

  • Mary Phelps Jacob
  • Caresse Crosby


  • Harry Crosby
  • Richard R. Peabody
  • Selbert Young
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