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Lindsay Wong <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 28 May 2008 11:29:45 -0700
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Dear Screen-L:

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the "King 
and I Governess"

Susan Morgan, Distinguished Professor of English at Miami University, 
is the author of Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian 
Women's Travel Writings about Southeast Asia, among other books.

If you thought you knew the story of Anna in "The King and I", think 
again. As this riveting biography shows, the real life of Anna 
Leonowens was far more fascinating than the beloved story of the 
Victorian governess who went to work for the King of Siam. To write 
this definitive account, Susan Morgan traveled around the globe and 
discovered new information that has eluded researchers for years. 
Anna was born a poor, mixed-race army brat in India, and what 
followed is an extraordinary nineteenth-century story of savvy 
self-invention, wild adventure, and far-reaching influence. At a time 
when most women stayed at home, Anna Leonowens traveled all over the 
world, witnessed some of the most fascinating events of the Age of 
Empire, and became a well-known travel writer, journalist, teacher, 
and lecturer. She remains the one and only foreigner to have spent 
significant time inside the royal harem of Siam. She emigrated to the 
United States, crossed all of Russia on her own just before the 
revolution, and moved to Canada, where she publicly defended the 
rights of women and the working class. The book also gives an 
engrossing account of how and why Anna became an icon of American 
culture in "The King and I" and its many adaptations.

Full information about the bookis available online:

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