Posts Tagged ‘Amanda Foreman’

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire Reynolds

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire: literature and politics

Georgiana writes – anonymously – a novel titled The Sylph. It depicts the depraved mores of the British aristocracy from an insider’s point of view. For the contemporaries the identity of the author is an open secret. The Sylph is an instant commercial success and goes through four print runs. Amanda Foreman herself does not […]



The Duchess, by Amanda Foreman: first impressions

I want to finish Amanda Foreman‘s biography of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, before watching the upcoming film starring Keira Knightley. I will post a series of mini-reviews on the book as I read it. First I should note that Ms. Foreman shines in her depiction of the ton, a French word that designates the world […]



The Duchess

I have mentioned mostly dismal offerings in the historical film category. Pretty-looking costume dramas without much of a brain, or, for that matter, a heart. Yet I love a great historical movie (I have watched Barry Lyndon a few dozen times, always discovering something new to admire) and refuse to give up on the genre. […]