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Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    Writer's Style

    I have been fascinated by the story of the Elgin marbles for years and was looking forward to reading this book. I have started it four times and cannot get beyond the writer's tedious style. I will continue to try to read it because I am interested in the subject, but I do wish the author had read 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' before writing. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about buying this book to be prepared to tolerate the writing in order to enjoy the subject matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    A True Lady

    This was the most interesting biography I have read in a long time. I am a big fan of this genre and find some to be very boring. Lady Elgin was passionate and brilliant. This is an excellent read for anyone interested in history, women's studies and biography! Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    An excellent history & biography.

    I spent a summer in the UK, visited the British Museum & wondered how countless Greek, Egyptian, and Roman treasures made their way from their respective countries into the UK. This book tells an excellent story of how a portion of the Greek treasures, mainly the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, made it to the British Empire. This is a most interesting biography from a women's rights perspective as well. This lady and her family were ahead of their time. The book is written excellently, you can tell the author performed very thorough research.

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