Four women who dared to live their romantic fantasies, not just dream them. Aimee Dubucq de Rivery was a convent girl who was captured by pirates and forced to join the enormous harem of the Turkish sultan. Lady Ellenborough was a society beauty who fled London and became notorious for her love affairs with the important men of Europe, including two kings - Ludwig of Bavaria and Otho of Greece, then she lived with an Arab sheik in Syria for almost 30 years. Isabel Burton travelled to exotic lands with her explorer husband. Isabelle Eberhardt was born and raised in Switzerland and grew up as a nonconformist, feeling most comfortable in boy's clothes. She lived among the Arabs in the North African desert and described her surroundings in travel writings and journals. Yet although of widely different natures, backgrounds and origins, all had this in common - each found, in the East, 'glowing horizons of emotion and daring'. And each of them, in their own way, used love as a means of individual expression, of liberation and fulfilment.
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Lesley Blanch was born in London and has travelled over most of the globe. Her essays and articles have appeared in many of Britain's leading periodicals, including the Observer and the New Statesman. She now lives in France.Review :
“Love, wanderlust, faraway places—all that Romance implies—make up this delicious book. . . . Ideal reading.”
—Washington Post Book World
“Over the years, many full-length biographies of [these] four heroines have been published. . . . But Lesley Blanch’s short, imaginative, and highly poetic account of their lives and personalities remains unsurpassed.”
—The Independent (London)
“An exuberantly colorful book.”
—Orville Prescott, The New York Times
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Description du livre Touchstone. PAPERBACK. État : New. 0671205080 New Condition. N° de réf. du libraire NEW6.0325304
Description du livre Touchstone, 1970. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M0671205080