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    DescriptionA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK Now a major motion picture starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes 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.


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    Title
    The Duchess
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amanda Foreman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 456
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812979695
    ISBN 10: 0812979699
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.3
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    DC21: 941.07092
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: BGRA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    DC22: 941.07092
    B&T Approval Code: A40303000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000, HIS037050
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
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    B&T Approval Code: A15202022
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    LC classification: DA522.D5 F68 2008
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    19 August 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Amanda Foreman is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She won the Whitbread Prize for Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. She is married with five children, and lives in both New York and London.
    Review quote
    "Georgiana bursts from the pages of Amanda Foreman's dazzling biography like the force of nature she undoubtedly was-passionate, 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"