Romantic Liars: Obscure Women Who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire

Romantic Liars: Obscure Women Who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire


By (author) Debbie Lee


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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 22 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0312294581
  • ISBN 13: 9780312294588
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.

Product description

They were homeless wanderers, prostitutes, orphans and factory girls. They hurdled terrible obstacles, reinvented themselves as men, goddesses, witches and princesses to become legends in their own right as England rose to world power. No other group of people rivalled their inventiveness or their grip on the nation's imagination. Debbie Lee unfolds the small stories of six women, with a cast of supporting characters such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Benjamin Franklin, Stamford Raffles and Napoleon, against the grand narrative of England's eighteenth-century empire building. "Romantic Liars: Obscure Women who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire" is a meticulously researched, spellbinding tale of tragedy, transformation and triumph in the age of reason.

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Author information

DEBBIE LEE is Assistant Professor of English, Washington State University, USA.

Review quote

'The stories told by Debbie Lee in Romatic Liars - of women who led fake lives and fooled a great many people - are extraordinary.' - Sharon Ruston, Times Literary Supplement

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Preface Crossings The Goddess and the Anorexic The Gentleman, the Witch, and the Beauty The Governor and the Princess Afterward Notes Bibliography