Flora Fraser Emma, Lady Hamilton

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Emma, Lady Hamilton

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This detailed biography examines the extraordinary woman who became famous as the lover of Lord Nelson, from her ordinary beginnings in England to her last years in and out of debtor's prison

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Lady Emma Hamilton scandalized the British public when she took Lord Nelson as her lover under the same roof that she shared with her husband, the ambassador to Naples. How could this diplomat's wife, embodiment of the neoclassical ideal, whom George Romney painted as Circe, behave so outrageously? The public followed her every move, and that is apparently what Fraser has done. Every mood, every dinner party, each bit of gossip is relived in this busy biography. A blacksmith's daughter, beautiful, high-spirited Emma drifted into poverty after the deaths of Nelson and her husband; she even disavowed her two daughters in an effort to fend off disgrace. In the end, her long struggle for respectability and acceptance is the tragedy of an original who tried to be "her own woman" while remaining financially dependent on her husband. The author is an English journalist and daughter of writer Antonia Fraser. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC alternate.
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This fine biography marks the advent of yet another member of a remarkable literary family, for Flora Fraser is the daughter of Antonia Fraser and the granddaughter of Elizabeth Longford. She shows all of the family's considerable talent in covering the sometimes glad, sometimes sad career of the woman who insured her place in history as the mistress of Lord Nelson. Married to Lord Hamilton, who was three and a half decades older, she openly shared her favors with Nelson under the same roof and thereby outraged English society. Yet all hailed her as a rare beauty, and as this portrait makes clear, she was also a woman of wit, grace, and spirit. This highly readable work becomes the standard life. Recommended. BOMC alternate.James A. Casada, History Dept., Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
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