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Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

ISBN 10: 0375753834 / 0-375-75383-4
ISBN 13: 9780375753831
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:

Provides a dramatic portrait of the colorful life of eighteenth-century British aristocrat Lady Georgiana Spencer, her roles as a society and political hostess, and her disastrous and profligate private life. Winner of the Whitbread Prize.


Review:

"But to dwell on the psychosexual machinations of the Devonshires' menage, which many readers may find the most fascinating aspect of Foreman's biography, would be to overlook the sizeable portion which offers a panorama of British politics in the age of William Pitt the Younger, and focuses on Georgiana's activity in the Whig party."

Francine Du Plessix Gray, New Yorker, 01/17/2000

Review:

"In Foreman's assured hands, Georgiana's life illuminates gender issues in a society in which women were meant to be seen and not heard."

Vanessa Friedman, Entertainment Weekly, 02/04/2000

 

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Book Description: Random House USA Inc, United States, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. 203 x 130 mm. Brand New Book. The winner of Britain s prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy and the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader. Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day. In 1774, at the age of seventeen, Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying one of England s richest and most influential aristocrats, the Duke of Devonshire. Launched into a world of wealth and power, she quickly became the queen of fashionable society, adored by the Prince of Wales, a dear friend of Marie-Antoinette, and leader of the most important salon of her time. Not content with the role of society hostess, she used her connections to enter politics, eventually becoming more influential than most of the men who held office. Her good works and social exploits made her loved by the multitudes, but Georgiana s public success, like Diana s, concealed a personal life that was fraught with suffering. The Duke of Devonshire was unimpressed by his wife s legendary charms, preferring instead those of her closest friend, a woman with whom Georgiana herself was rumored to be on intimate terms. For over twenty years, the three lived together in a jealous and uneasy menage a trois, during which time both women bore the Duke s children--as well as those of other men. Foreman s descriptions of Georgiana s uncontrollable gambling, all- night drinking, drug taking, and love affairs with the leading politicians of the day give us fascinating insight into the lives of the British aristocracy in the era of the madness of King George III, the American and French revolutions, and the defeat of Napoleon. A gifted young historian whom critics are already likening to Antonia Fraser, Amanda Foreman draws on a wealth of fresh research and writes colorfully and penetratingly about the fascinating Georgiana, whose struggle against her own weaknesses, whose great beauty and flamboyance, and whose determination to play a part in the affairs of the world make her a vibrant, astonishingly contemporary figure. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780375753831

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