Letters From Egypt - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Letters From Egypt - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 04/12/1997
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'The fearless nineteenth century English Lady who lived on top of an Egyptian temple' TOBY WILKINSON, TELEGRAPH

'A lyrical, sharply observed, often humorous' KATHERINE FRANK

In 1862, Lucie Duff Gordon, cousin of Harriet Martineau and friend of Caroline Norton, Meredith and Thackeray, embarked on a solo trip to Egypt in an effort to rid herself of consumption. The next seven years were spent in a ruined house above a temple in Luxor on the Nile. Feeling at home in this most foreign of lands, Lucie Duff Gordon integrated herself quickly in the locale, setting up a hospital from her home and welcoming the people of Luxor, be they officials or slaves into her house.

The absorbing story told through her letters offers a wonderfully penetrating and sympathetic view of mid-nineteenth century Egypt as well as the personal story of this brave and generous woman.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780860684558
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Her cultural tolerance and curiosity made her one of her era's most interesting Western commentators - Toby Wilkinson, Telegraph

A lyrical, sharply observed, often humorous, politically aware account of nineteenth-century Egypt - Katherine Frank

Her depictions show that even during this early period certain basic values existed that in a general way still guide behavior today in Egypt - Andrea Rugh, Shepherd

A lyrical, sharply observed, often humorous, politically aware account of nineteenth-century Egypt - KATHERINE FRANK

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