|Plot Summary of Georgina Duchess of Devonshire|
|"Born in 1757, Lady Georgiana Spencer - the great-great-great-great aunt of Princess Diana - was raised in one of England's most important and wealthy families by a rather silly mother and a stern father. As a debutante noted for her beauty and charm, Georgiana convinced herself that she was in love with the Duke of Devonshire, a fashionable if callous young man whose fortune was actually double her father's. The Duke apparently never felt any great love for Georgiana. But he does marry her, just a matter of days after his mistress gives birth to his illegitimate daughter, Charlotte.
The marriage of Georgiana and Duke will largely be a cold one. Nevertheless, they are regarded as extremely influential people. Georgiana, in particular, becomes at least for a time the darling of the press. High society women eagerly copy her dress styles, her hats, and her hairstyles, and vie for her attention.
Georgiana becomes involved in politics when she rallies a group of other aristocratic women to get the Whig vote. This occurs during a very interesting time in British politics, when the Whigs are being roundly criticized for wondering about the wisdom of fighting the Americans in what we term the revolution. Despite her role as a doyenne, Georgiana ultimately suffers from boredom and becomes addicted to gambling (she'll lose a fortune, which she won't tell her husband) and takes opiates to feel better.
Much of her energy goes into her friendships. The Duke of Wales falls in love with her. Their relationship never blossoms into a romance, but she will start an affair with Whig leader Charles James Fox. She also develops very intimate relationships with two women, the second of whom, Lady Elizabeth Foster, becomes the Duke's lover. Historians debate whether Georgiana and Lady Bess were also lovers.
Georgiana does eventually fulfill what society regards as her obligation to her husband, providing him legitimate heirs. But when she bears a baby by her new lover, Charles Grey, her husband will force her into exile.
This book, which draws heavily on the many letters Georgiana wrote and contemporary descriptions of her (she was constantly covered by the London newspapers), is close to four hundred pages long but goes at a very fast pace. It's the equivalent of a modern celebrity bio, filled with trysts, a love triangle, drinking, drug use, rumor and innuendo.
Ann Gaines, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Georgina Duchess of Devonshire|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- not employed but independently wealthy
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- 18th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
Commentary on society?
- wicked rich people
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- A lot in color 11-15
A LOT of info about personal vices?
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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