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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

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The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The Kings Speech.

This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.  “That woman,” so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore.  Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation.  It explores the obsessive nature of Simpsons relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.

Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon.  But her psychology remains an enigma.  Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.

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"'I hope to humanize rather than demonize' the woman for whose sake King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne, writes Sebba (Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother) in this controversial biography that was a bestseller in Britain. The author, using interviews, previously unavailable letters, and media accounts, explores how Simpson, a spunky Southern belle, changed her life after two divorces and numerous love affairs on two continents, seized the heart of then prince of Wales, and weathered the wrath of the royals and the hostile British press. Two startling speculations concerning Simpson's medical and psychological state attribute her sexual fierceness and flirtatiousness to a possible form of hermaphroditism and the need to emphasize her femininity. Sebba discloses the tremendous pressure from the royal family and high society on the new king to place English tradition above his bond to the American divorcée with her dubious background. Sebba details the life after the abdication, in which the duchess proved herself a resourceful survivor. This accomplished biography is smart, eloquent, and unafraid to go beyond the myth of the duchess of Windsor Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates (U.K.)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ANNE SEBBA is a biographer, lecturer, and former Reuters foreign correspondent who has written eight books and is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee. She lives in London.

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writermala, July 7, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
Anne Sebba starts the book saying, "I hope to humanize rather than demonize the woman known as Wallis Simpson." However, it would appear that her efforts have been in vain; for how can one forgive a woman whose involvement with a man led him to make the ultimate sacrifice - his kingdom - for her.

The book seems to be a well-researched account of Wallis' long and checkered life and indeed the events that led to King Edward VIIIth abdicating the throne in order to marry her.

There have been several Biographies and books of fiction written on this subject and the present one is sure to be one of the best.
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ISBN:
9781250002969
Subtitle:
The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Author:
Sebba, Anne
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Biography-Rich and Famous
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130205
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus three 8-page color photograph inser
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'I hope to humanize rather than demonize' the woman for whose sake King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne, writes Sebba (Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother) in this controversial biography that was a bestseller in Britain. The author, using interviews, previously unavailable letters, and media accounts, explores how Simpson, a spunky Southern belle, changed her life after two divorces and numerous love affairs on two continents, seized the heart of then prince of Wales, and weathered the wrath of the royals and the hostile British press. Two startling speculations concerning Simpson's medical and psychological state attribute her sexual fierceness and flirtatiousness to a possible form of hermaphroditism and the need to emphasize her femininity. Sebba discloses the tremendous pressure from the royal family and high society on the new king to place English tradition above his bond to the American divorcée with her dubious background. Sebba details the life after the abdication, in which the duchess proved herself a resourceful survivor. This accomplished biography is smart, eloquent, and unafraid to go beyond the myth of the duchess of Windsor Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates (U.K.)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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