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The Duchess Paperback – August 19, 2008
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Biographer Amanda Foreman describes astutely the mess that surrounded the personal relationships of the aristocratic subculture (Georgiana and the duke engaged for many years in a ménage à trois with Lady Elizabeth Fraser, who inveigled her way into the duke's bed and the duchess's heart). Foreman is, by her own admission, a little in love with her subject, which can lead to occasional lapses of perspective, but generally it adds zest to a narrative built on, rather than burdened by, scholarship, that is at once accessible and learned. An impressive debut, in every sense. --David Vincent, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book was published when the Authoress Foreman was 30 years old, and was produced while she was even younger. To me this makes this Biography of Georgiana all the more impressive, as it can, and will stand with historical works by other writers twice her age and more.
I also believe Ms. Foreman's youth allowed her to bring The Duchess to us as her peer in age, which allowed more objectivity, and a candid portrayal that was brutally honest but never derogatory for it's own sake. That this is the first work of Ms. Foreman's is simply amazing.
History has great moments, but even the most interesting periods of time, or the life of one extraordinary life can be numbing to read. The Biographies go on forever in tedious detail that leaves the reader exhausted. Ms. Foreman writes what is necessary, she uses the space she needs, and the result is a remarkable amount of information related, in an efficient manner. Not only do we learn about The Duchess, for additionally Ms. Foreman fills her story with all manner of events surrounding the Duchess and Europe at large, to convey even more information.
The life of The Duchess must be read to be appreciated. This woman filled her relatively short life with more accomplishments, and amassed more influence, that today her life is as enjoyable and impressive to experience as a reader, as it must have been exciting to witness 200 years ago.
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This book is not a dry snooze-fest, it is full of scandal and sex, yet the subject is treated with sensitivity. As per usual, I enjoyed it far more than the movie. Good job!Published 14 days ago by MAB
All time favorite blend of facts and history in a popular story.Published 16 days ago by Dana S. Thomas
Enjoyed the book but really missed the illustrations which give some visual into the characters. Love to see the costumes of the time.Published 20 days ago by Lee Drozd
I got this book for my mother because she loved period pieces.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Cheers! In the preface to her brilliant biography. Amanda. Foreman writes it is the destiny for biographers to fall in love with their subjects. Read morePublished 2 months ago by diane fanizza
Book started out sort of interesting; was getting bored as time went on, but got to the end. Way too much politics involved.Published 3 months ago by Robert Mann