Dancing to the Precipice

Dancing to the Precipice

The Life of Lucie De La Tour Du Pin, Eyewitness to An Era

Book - 2010
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"[A] remarkable biography....Moorehead deftly wields periods detail...to tell the story of a captivating woman who kept her sense of self amid the vicissitudes of politics."

From acclaimed biographer Caroline Moorhead comes Dancing to the Precipice, a sweeping chronicle of the remarkable life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin--"an astute, thoroughly engaging biography of a formidable woman" (Boston Globe) who, over the span of some 80 years, was witness to, and often a participant in the major social upheavals of eighteenth-century French history.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2010.
Edition: First Harper Perrennial edition.
ISBN: 9780061684425
Branch Call Number: 944.04092 L359M
Characteristics: xiv, 480 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jun 07, 2013

One of my favorite biographies; what a courageous, smart woman! I love the way she compensated for her mother's indifference, also that she learned how to butcher hogs after having lived at Versailles.

May 02, 2013

A very readable account of the transition from autocratic monarchy to fledgling democracy in France, America and western Europe by an eye-witness.


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