Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: THAT WOMAN - The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba

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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Biography 
Publication date: 3/13/2012
ISBN-13: 9781250002969
Pages: 352

Description (from the publisher):
The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The King’s Speech.

This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.  “That woman,” so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore.  Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation.  It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson’s relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.

Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon.  But her psychology remains an enigma.  Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.


vanillahearts62 said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I haven't heard of that person before though, nor have I seen "The King's Speech." Thanks for sharing!

My WoW:

~Crystal @ Vanilla Hearts

bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, I need that book!

Zibilee said...

I can't wait to read this one! I really got to know only the smallest smattering about her from the movie, and was intrigued. Thanks for sharing this one!

Tina said...

I grew up in Baltimore where Wallace Simpson was a minor celebrity of sorts. can't wait to read this one!

TheBookGirl said...

Oh my I'm so glad you picked this one. I've always been sort of fascinated by Wallis and have read alot about her, but I didn't know that this bio was coming out in March. Thanks!!