Duchess

ISBN-10: 0812979699

ISBN-13: 9780812979695

Edition: N/A

Authors: Amanda Foreman

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK 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 Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire, one of England's richest and most influential aristocrats. She became the queen of fashionable society and founder of the most important political salon of her time. But Georgiana's public success concealed an unhappy marriage, a gambling addiction, drinking, drug-taking, and rampant love affairs with the leading politicians of the day. With penetrating insight, Amanda Foreman reveals a fascinating woman 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. Praise forThe Duchess: "Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman's dazzling biography like the force of nature she undoubtedly waspassionate, political, addicted to gambling, and drunk on life. This is a stunning book about an astonishing woman." Simon Schama "Biography at its best . . . seamlessly merges a life and its times, capturing not just an individual but an age." The New York Times Book Review "Riveting . . . marvelously diverting." The New Yorker
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Amanda Foreman was born in London in 1968. She is the daughter of the late Hollywood film maker Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Guns of Navarone).Her early years were spent shuttling between home in Los Angeles and school in Dorset. Her first book, 'Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire' won the 1998 Whitbread Biography of the year Award.A self-confessed Trekkie, when not at work she is either cooking, surfing the net, or catching up on the latest sci-fi.

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