My Theodosia

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Aaron Burr's daughter, Theodosia, was dedicated to him with single-mindedness. Better than anyone else in the world, she understood her father. It was to her he unburdened himself and in this reconstruction of Theodosia's life we see him clearly mirrored. Anya Seton treats the unusual relationship in a factual and open manner, sparing us the pedantry of psycho-history.

Theodosia Burr emerges as a strong and loyal individual, one who never ...

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Overview

Aaron Burr's daughter, Theodosia, was dedicated to him with single-mindedness. Better than anyone else in the world, she understood her father. It was to her he unburdened himself and in this reconstruction of Theodosia's life we see him clearly mirrored. Anya Seton treats the unusual relationship in a factual and open manner, sparing us the pedantry of psycho-history.

Theodosia Burr emerges as a strong and loyal individual, one who never flinched in the face of what she believed to be her duty.

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“Anya Seton’s portraits of Aaron and Theodosia Burr are alike vivid and credible. . . . The narrative is well sustained, and provides as background an entertaining account of the manners, the ways of living and traveling and entertaining followed during the early years of the 19th century.”  —The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527272
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 694,433
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Anya Seton (1904-1990) was the author of many bestselling historical romances, including Katherine, The Winthrop Woman, Avalon, Dragonwyck, Green Darkness, Devil Water, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Not A Good Book If You Want to Know About Theodisia

    If you want to read a melodramatic romance novel with no basis in historical fact, then this book is for you. If you want to know anything about history, Theodosia Burr Alston, Aaron Burr, Joseph Alston, or anything related to their lives and times - Do Not Read This Book! I'm not sure how Anya Seton earned her reputation as a highly-accurate historical novelist, but it sure wasn't from her work here. She gets so many facts and characterizations wrong, one has to wonder why she bothered to pretend this book was about historical figures. Why not just invent fictional characters and go from there? Furthermore, Seton's apparent dislike for the south and for Southerners seems to color everything she writes, and her 1940s attitudes about racism - and particularly African-Americans - are as offensive as they are anachronistic. (For example, terms and attitudes she has her major characters apply to slaves did not come into use until after the Civil War.) There are too many glaring inaccuracies to list here, but Seton's worst offense in my view is that she manages to turn a bright, well-educated, cultured, admirable young woman into a simpering daddy's girl whose life is a misery from the beginning of the book 'til the end. If you want to learn about Theodosia - and she is worth knowing about - I'd suggest "Theodosia Burr Alston: Portrait of A Prodigy" by Richard N. Cote.

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