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Bombay Anna [electronic resource] : the real story and remarkable adventures of the King and I governess / Susan Morgan.

By: Morgan, Susan, 1943-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 274 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780520933996 (electronic bk.); 0520933990 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Leonowens, Anna Harriette, 1831-1915 | Governesses -- Thailand -- Biography | British -- Thailand -- Biography | Thailand -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | Women authors -- Biography | Women journalists -- Biography | Women travelers -- Biography | Montr�eal (Qu�ebec) -- Biography | Halifax (N.S.) -- Biography | Racially mixed people -- India -- Biography | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Historical | HISTORYGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Bombay Anna.DDC classification: 959.3/034092 | B Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: a life of passing -- Ancestors: a Methodist, a soldier, and a "Lady not entirely white" -- A company childhood -- Daughter of the Deccan -- Love and Bombay, at last -- Metamorphosis: "a life sublimated above the ordinary" -- A teacher and a king -- A job in a palace -- "The noble and devoted women whom I learned to know, to esteem, and to love" -- Settled in Bangkok -- The paths to good-bye -- An American writer -- The Canadian grande dame -- "Shall we dance?": Anna and U.S.-Thai relations.
Summary: If you thought you knew the story of Anna in The King and I, think again. As this riveting biography shows, the real life of Anna Leonowens was far more fascinating than the beloved story of the Victorian governess who went to work for the King of Siam. To write this definitive account, Susan Morgan traveled around the globe and discovered new information that has eluded researchers for years. Anna was born a poor, mixed-race army brat in India, and what followed is an extraordinary nineteenth-century story of savvy self-invention, wild adventure, and far-reaching influence. At a time when mos.
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"A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--Prelim.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-260) and index.

Introduction: a life of passing -- Ancestors: a Methodist, a soldier, and a "Lady not entirely white" -- A company childhood -- Daughter of the Deccan -- Love and Bombay, at last -- Metamorphosis: "a life sublimated above the ordinary" -- A teacher and a king -- A job in a palace -- "The noble and devoted women whom I learned to know, to esteem, and to love" -- Settled in Bangkok -- The paths to good-bye -- An American writer -- The Canadian grande dame -- "Shall we dance?": Anna and U.S.-Thai relations.

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If you thought you knew the story of Anna in The King and I, think again. As this riveting biography shows, the real life of Anna Leonowens was far more fascinating than the beloved story of the Victorian governess who went to work for the King of Siam. To write this definitive account, Susan Morgan traveled around the globe and discovered new information that has eluded researchers for years. Anna was born a poor, mixed-race army brat in India, and what followed is an extraordinary nineteenth-century story of savvy self-invention, wild adventure, and far-reaching influence. At a time when mos.

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