Queen Bee of Tuscany

Queen Bee of Tuscany

"Quite simply one of the best books of the year." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Ben Downing's Queen Bee of Tuscany brings an extraordinary Victorian back to life. Born into a distinguished intellectual family and raised among luminaries such as Dickens and Thackeray, Janet Ross married at eighteen and went to live in Egypt. There, for the next six years, she wrote for the London Times, hobnobbed with the developer of the Suez Canal, and humiliated pashas in… (more)

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It’s a compendium of literary and historical vignettes, a showcase for its author’s excellent prose, and quite simply one of the best books of the year.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 18, 2013)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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