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Hottentot Venus A Novel

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ISBN-10: 1400032083

ISBN-13: 9781400032082

Edition: N/A

Authors: Barbara Chase-Riboud

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It is Paris, 1815. An extraordinarily shaped South African girl known as the Hottentot Venus, dressed only in feathers and beads, swings from a crystal chandelier in the duchess of Berry’s ballroom. Below her, the audience shouts insults and pornographic obscenities. Among these spectators is Napoleon’s physician and the most famous naturalist in Europe, the Baron George Cuvier, whose encounter with her will inspire a theory of race that will change European science forever. Evoking the grand tradition of such “monster” tales as Frankenstein and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Barbara Chase Riboud, prize-winning author of the classic Sally Hemings, again gives voice to an “invisible” of…    
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.13" wide x 7.99" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Barbara Chase-Riboud is a distinguished poet and winner of the Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize for Best American Poet awarded by the prestigious Daniel Webster Platform Association for her second book of poetry, Portrait of a Nude Women as Cleopatra in 1988. She received a knighthood in Arts and Letters from the French government in 1996, the same year as poet Seamus Heaney. Well-known as a world-class sculptor, she has had personal exhibitions in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art Paris, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walters Museum and has exhibited in museums like The British Museum, London, MOMA New York, The Whitney Museum, New York, Centre George…