- Tapa dura: 452 páginas
- Editor: Atlantic Monthly Pr (1 de diciembre de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0871139243
- ISBN-13: 978-0871139245
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
The Titled Americans: Three American Sisters and the British Aristocratic World into Which They Married (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 dic 2004
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Set against the backdrop of Victorian and Edwardian society, a portrait of the three Jerome sisters--Jennie, Clara, and Leonie, American heiresses who married into the heights of British society--spans three generations, from their parents through their children, including Jennie's son, Winston Churchill. 40,000 first printing.
Biografía del autor
Elisabeth Kehoe is currently a visiting fellow at the University of London's Institute of Historical Research.
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Jennie was rather less a creature of her time than her sisters. She must have been fascinating to know! She was always reaching for the best in life and she had such energy. As the author rightly points out, if she were a man, Jennie would have been a power, but the times didn't allow that to happen for a "mere" woman.
However, that being said, I have to note that the author is a guilty of an odd phenomenon that I am noticing more and more, particularly in works of history and in historical biography. It's what I call an overt plagiarism. Now, before anyone gets their hackles up, I'm not accusing this author of being a plagiarist. It's simply that having read "Jennie" by Ralph Martin, and Anita Leslie's "The Marlborough House Set", together with her 1970 biography of Jennie, as well as several of the other books referenced by this author, one can pick out intonations, if you will, that are borrowed therefrom; their phrases, not exactly copied, but the inference of the other author is somehow right there. It's most obvious, naturally, in the chapters about Jennie, as she was the most famous sister and much more has been written about her.
And it's not just this author. I have noticed this type of overt plagiarism in two other recent works of history, Will Swift's "The Roosevelts and the Royals" and Princess Michael of Kent's recent book on Diane de Poiters, to name two...I'm going to be generous and assume that because an author has to steep himself in his historical subject, he might not be aware he is adapting another author's turn of phrase; conclusions; intonations; opinions, without giving credit where credit is due...it's NOT a word-for-word plagiarism but it's a unfortunate development which appears to be sadly becoming common in recent histories. I hope it can be stopped, because quite simply, it devalues an author's hard work.