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Divided Affections: The Extraordinary Life of Maria Cosway, Celebrity Artist and Thomas Jefferson's Impossible Love [Hardcover]

Carol Burnell

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Column House (Jan. 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2839901536
  • ISBN-13: 978-2839901536
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,269,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating woman and a wealth of interesting people. Aug. 27 2009
By N. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What an interesting life Maria Cosway had - her art, her circle of friends and family, even her all-too-human failings make for a great story. The personalities of all the characters in this book spurred me to read up on all of them. Such an interesting time to have lived in, so richly described. If you are interested in complex, beautiful women, art, history, the secret passions of our Founding Fathers, or any of the above I recommend this book highly. A great fireside companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman Before Her Time Aug. 5 2009
By William P. Rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Carol Burnell's study of Maria Cosway is about a woman before her time by a woman before her time.
Maria Cosway was a Renaissance woman, not by virtue of her historical period, but by her many interests and her confidence to pursue them and be who she was in a time when such things were largely unheard of for a woman. Burnell has written with great scholarship, having obviously done exhaustive research on her subject. But what is unique is that in certain itallicized sections, Burnell seems almost to enter the heart, mind and soul of her 18th Century subject. It verges on a biography written from within the character herself. One almost wishes that Burnell had written the whole book in this way. Is this some psychic skill that future biographers will perfect?
The book is elegantly illustrated, with a care unusual in such books.
It is truly worthy of Maria Cosway, who would surely be pleased at this tribute to her.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 18thcentury [...] says: July 25 2009
By Charlotte Hanover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I had been wanting to learn more about Maria Cosway so I was very happy to receive the book. I was happily surprised to find that it was such a beautiful book, with many pictures and a beautiful layout. Pictures are a huge plus for me so I liked this book right away.

It's a biography about Maria Cosway, with some parts written in a dramatized dialogue. The parts that are "made up" are in italics so you can clearly tell them from the rest which i think was a nice touch. Maria Cosway had a very interesting life and the book is very entertainingly written, not boring at all. It really made you feel like you were there, and I just really liked it. I have yet to read all the notes at the back of the book but there are lots of them and they look very interesting.

A great book and highly recommended to anyone interested in Maria Cosway or fashionable 18th century ladies in general.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo June 25 2013
By Michael McHale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Remarkably well written on this subject of which there is a very short supply of texts available for educational reading.

After reading those available on Baroness Cosway, I still wonder about her actual emotional relationship with Mr. Jefferson. Considering the urbane correspondence between them and factoring in the overall mores of Paris at the time, it leaves one with an inability to really know the truth of the matter. This aside, I do wish their were more books on this fascinating theme. Kudos to Ms. Burnell for the effort. Lastly a note about the quality of the publication: it's done on beautiful paper with a fine binding and many high quality images.

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