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Fans of Peters's bestselling series featuring Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family (Crocodile on the Sandbank, etc.) will welcome this companion volume, which entertainingly blurs fact and fiction. In her role as "editor" of Mrs. Emerson's journals, Peters provides a preface, while other contributors supply articles on the historical and cultural background of Egyptology. (Typical is "`Lesser Breeds without the Law': An Insightful Diatribe on the Victorian Attitude Towards Other Cultures & Peoples," by Barbara Mertz, the real name of the pseudonymous Peters, who has a Ph.D. in the subject.) One section, "The People of the Journals," straightfacedly presents period photographs of the members of the extended Emerson clan. Filled with black-and-white illustrations of people and places (credit for the design goes to Egyptophile Dennis Forbes), this attractive book both informs and enchants. The jacket art of three Victorian ladies inspecting a temple fits the tone of the text perfectly.
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“This attractive book both informs and enchants.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Lovely...delightfully mixes fact with Amelia’s fictional world and brings insight to both.” (Anniston Star)
It makes a great looking coffee table book.fun to look through,informative ,re background info on Egyptian archeology..even if you're not an Amelia Peabody fanPublished on March 22 2013 by maureen
I have only read "Falcon at the Portal" and was not very impressed. However this book gives a lot more insight to Elizabeth Peters' characters and their environment of... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2004 by bernie
This compendium gives a wonderful insight into the Egypt of the Peabody-Emerson's era. It's filled with images, details, essays on culture, fashion, even child rearing in the... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003
this is ellen in atlanta, - this book is a MUST for Peters fans!
Gorgeously done and the old photos are great! Read more