William Fregosi's Reviews > Grandes Horizontales: The Lives and Legends of Four Nineteenth-Century Courtesans

Grandes Horizontales by Virginia Rounding
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Dec 04, 08

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I'm reading this in conjunction with two other books as research for a talk I'm to give on Verdi's La Traviata. Of the twelve women profiled in The Courtesans by Joanna Richardson, four are examined in much more detail in this book, including the iconic Marie Duplessis, the famed "Lady of the Camellias." Like the Richardson, this is valuable social history and includes not only photos of the women themselves, but of their lavish houses, the wealthy and/or powerful men with whom they consorted, and the paintings and sculpture for which they posed, analysis of the literary works they inspired, including poetry, novels, plays, and at least one world-famous opera.
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