Dancing to the Precipice

Dancing to the Precipice

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

Book - 2009
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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."
--Vogue

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, c2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061684418
0061684414
Characteristics: xiv, 480 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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johnwilla
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.

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Liber_vermis
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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