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A Daughter Of The Seine: The Life Of Madame Roland
This is a fictionalized biography of the French Revolutionary patriot and writer Jeanne Manon Roland de la Platiere (1754-1793), who became known simply by Madame Roland. She was the daughter of a Paris engraver who encouraged his daughter's interest in music, painting, and literature. As a young girl, she told to her grand-mother: "I'll call myself daughter of the Seine," ...more
Published June 1929 by Harper & Brothers
(first published January 1st 1929)
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At first look, I was afraid that this old Newbery Honor would be dry and uninteresting. Actually, it wasn't too bad! Madame Roland was a fascinating character, and the author makes her admiration for her subject quite clear. The biography has plenty of detail and is easy to follow, though often romanticized. I don't picture the average child or teen reading this one, but that isn't really an issue because the book is so old and there are not many copies. Still, Newbery completists will probably ...more
At first I found this book quite dull. A lot of late 18th century facts, mixed with a lot of early 20th century opinions. As I got into the book though, I found it very fascinating, and I learned a lot more about the French Revolution that I did not know, especially of course the part the Roland family played. However, there were far too many characters which were underdeveloped, but which the author seemed to expect a huge understanding of. I consider myself smart, but I lost track of which per ...more
Interesting subject for a children's book - Marie -Jeanna Philipon Roland. An educated young women of the middle class who marries an older man (by 20 years) who serves in government at the end of the reign of kings in France. An early feminist in many ways, she supported her husband's work, had revolutionary sympathies and acted on her beliefs.