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

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  • Author(s): Morgan, Susan
  • Publication Information:
    Berkeley : University of California Press. 2008
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      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.
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      9780520252264. 9780520261631. 9780520933996.
    • Accession Number:
      586175166
    • Accession Number:
      213415
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      MORGAN, S. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. ISBN 9780520252264. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Acesso em: 2 jul. 2020.
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      Morgan S. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. Berkeley: University of California Press; 2008. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Accessed July 2, 2020.
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      Morgan S. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. University of California Press; 2008. Accessed July 2, 2020. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886
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      Morgan, S. (2008). Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. University of California Press.
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      Morgan, Susan. 2008. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. Berkeley: University of California Press. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
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      Morgan, S. (2008) Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. Berkeley: University of California Press. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886 (Accessed: 2 July 2020).
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      Morgan, S 2008, Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess, University of California Press, Berkeley, viewed 2 July 2020, .
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      Morgan, Susan. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. University of California Press, 2008. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Morgan, Susan. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
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      Morgan S. Bombay Anna : The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess [Internet]. Berkeley: University of California Press; 2008 [cited 2020 Jul 2]. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=213415&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2008 March #1

Morgan (English, Miami Univ.; Place Matters ) provides a comprehensive examination of Anna Leonowens (1834–1915) whose own memoirs, The English Governess at the Siamese Court and The Romance of the Harem , gained wide attention through Margaret Landon's 1944 fictionalized account, Anna and the King of Siam , and the theatrical, musical, and film versions that followed. Morgan's research yields the details of Anna's full and long life, delving into her roots as a child of the British in India and the power of a personality driven to reinvent itself several times over, only to be reinvented again by Landon and the condescending clichs of The King and I . While Morgan recognizes that Leonowens's memoirs are "preposterous" and "sentimental," she defines their writer as a self-made woman who overcame circumstances of birth, class, gender, and place and is worthy of study. A fascinating, scholarly work, this is suitable for Victorian history or women's studies collections in academic libraries.—Faye Harkins, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY

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PW Reviews 2008 February #2

According to Morgan, the inspiration for the governess to the royal Siamese children in the 1950s musical The King and I, Anna Leonowens (1831–1915) was not the genteel British lady she purported to be, but a low-born, Anglo-Indian army brat who had severed ties with her family in India. A young widow living in Singapore, Leonowens was hired by King Mongkut to teach his wives and 82 children English. An absolute monarch committed to improving his people's lives and avoiding foreign control of his country, Mongkut had no romantic interest in Leonowens but shared her deep love of learning, occasionally consulted her on state issues and considered her arguments about the treatment of his enslaved harem. After Siam, the irrepressible Leonowens again reinvented herself as an eminent author and public lecturer in the U.S. and Canada, a social reformer and suffragist in Canada, a journalist in Russia and a Sanskrit scholar in Germany. Miami University English professor Morgan (Place Matters ) uncovers and competently demonstrates the achievements of an extraordinary Victorian woman, but her biography is undermined by repetitious and charmless prose, underdeveloped analyses of Western/Thai political relationships and unfocused ramblings about the nature of biography. 15 b&w photos. (Apr.)

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