From the Publisher. Elsie de Wolfe is a 20th-century legend. Her name is familiar to many who practice the art of interior design or who are linked to the fashionable world of tastemaking. She played a key role in the formation of the modern American interior decorating profession, which provided appropriate settings for the "new rich" in the first half of the 20th century. In the process, she also helped to shape our understanding of what we have come to know as the modern domestic interior.