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A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton (American)

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From the moment they met, their marriage seemed both inevitable and impossible. Isabel was a schoolgirl, scion of the Arundells, England's most distinguished Catholic family, and when they passed each other while walking at a seaside resort, Richard Burton had already made his mark as a linguist, scholar, traveler, and rebel against Victorian conformity. A hundred yards on, Isabel looked back and found him staring after her: she decided then that she would marry him.

It was several years before they met again. By then Burton was one of the most accomplished linguists in the Indian Army. An intelligence agent with a genius for disguise, he had risked death to penetrate Mecca during the hadj, posing as a native pilgrim. He would soon become even more famous as one of the earliest explorers of East Africa.

After their marriage, the Burtons traveled the world from diplomatic postings in Brazil and Africa to hair-raising adventures in the Syrian desert. In later life Richard courted further controversy as translator of such erotic classics as the unexpurgated edition of The Arabian Nights, The Perfumed Garden, and The Kama Sutra.

Based on previously unavailable archives, Mary Lovell has written a compelling joint biography that sets Isabel in her proper place as Burton's equal in daring and endurance, a fascinating figure in her own right.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393046724
Subtitle:
A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton
Author:
Lovell, Mary
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Explorers
Subject:
Scholars
Subject:
Burton, richard francis, sir, 1821-1890
Subject:
Burton, Isabel
Subject:
Scholars -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subject:
Explorers' spouses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subject:
Explorers' spouses
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.54x6.45x1.82 in. 2.90 lbs.

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