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December 07, 2010 09:13PM
I just finished reading Amanda Foreman's biography of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and I found it altogether rather fascinating. Foreman tells us a lot not only about Georgiana, but also about her times and her environment - lots of it will feel familiar for us JA fans of course, but there is also a lot of new things to discover, particularly in the parts of Georgiana's earlier years, which take place before the 'classic' JA times (Georgiana was born in the 1750s).

What I liked especially was that you could see that Foreman really liked her subject and wanted us to see the true Georgiana, not only the image people had of her - but Foreman did not make the mistake of ex-culpating or trying to idealise her.

I would have wished for her to explore the relationship between Georgiana, the Duke and Lady Elizabeth Foster a bit more - the Duke remained quite the enigma for me - but I think that she simply had no further material there, because a lot of the Cavendishes' private papers were censored in the 19th century.

Anyone else read this? Differing opinions? Other biographies in this vein you can recommend?




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Mari A.December 07, 2010 09:13PM



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