A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton [NOOK Book]

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An "extraordinary biography" (New York Times Book Review) of a brilliant pair of adventurers.

Their marriage was both improbable and inevitable. Isabel Arundell was a schoolgirl, the scion of England's most distinguished Catholic family. When she first saw him while walking at a seaside resort, Richard Burton had already made his mark as a linguist (he was fluent in twenty-nine languages), scholar, soldier, and explorer--at once a symbol of Victorian England's vision of empire and an avowed rebel against its ...
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A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton

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Overview

An "extraordinary biography" (New York Times Book Review) of a brilliant pair of adventurers.

Their marriage was both improbable and inevitable. Isabel Arundell was a schoolgirl, the scion of England's most distinguished Catholic family. When she first saw him while walking at a seaside resort, Richard Burton had already made his mark as a linguist (he was fluent in twenty-nine languages), scholar, soldier, and explorer--at once a symbol of Victorian England's vision of empire and an avowed rebel against its mores. When she turned and saw him staring after her, she decided that she would marry him. By their next meeting, Burton had become the first infidel to infiltrate Mecca as one of the faithful, and, in an expedition to discover the source of the Nile, would soon be the first white man to see Lake Tanganyika. After being married, the Burtons traveled and experienced the world, from diplomatic postings in Brazil and Africa to hair-raising adventures in the Syrian desert. In later life Richard courted further controversy as a self-proclaimed erotologist and the translator of The Kama Sutra. Based on previously unavailable archives, Mary Lovell has written a compelling joint biography that sets Isabel in her proper place as Burton's equal in daring and endurance, a fascinating figure in her own right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393344554
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 944
  • Sales rank: 336,271
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Mary S. Lovell's best-selling biographies include Straight on Till Morning (Beryl Markham) and The Sisters (the Mitford family). She lives in England.
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Table of Contents

Map x
Introduction xiii
1 A Gipsy Childhood 1821-1840 1
2 Undergraduate to Griffin 1840-1842 16
3 The Subaltern 1843-1845 33
4 Mirza Abdullah 1845-1846 49
5 Indian Summer 1846-1849 75
6 Miss Arundell 1831-1852 91
7 Flirtations 1849-1853 107
8 The Pilgrim 1853 121
9 Dreams of Africa 1853-1854 140
10 Disaster in the Horn of Africa 1854-1855 158
11 With Beatson's Horse in the Crimea 1855-1856 181
12 Secret Engagement 1856 204
13 The Scent of Cloves 1856-1857 222
14 The Long Safari 1856-1857 241
15 The Lake Regions 1857-1858 269
16 The Betrayal Summer 1859 295
17 Turning Point 1859-1860 321
18 The Prairie Traveller 1860 342
19 Marriage 1861 365
20 Consul in West Africa 1861-1863 386
21 Island Honeymoon 1863-1864 415
22 Source of the Nile 1861-1864 431
23 The Duel September 1864 443
24 South American Interlude 1865-1868 459
25 Home Again 1868-1869 490
26 Destiny in Damascus 1869-1870 506
27 A Sweet Unrest 1870-1871 531
28 Pay, Pack and Follow! 1871-1873 556
29 Trieste - The Early Years 1873-1875 590
30 A Charming Day and no One Died 1876-1879 619
31 Lengthening Shadows 1879-1880 638
32 Arabian Nights 1881-1883 664
33 Kama Shastra - Paradigms of Passion 1883-1886 675
34 Bid the Winter Come 1887-1890 704
35 Actions and Reactions 1890-1891 737
36 'Hermaphrodite' and the Pornographers 1891-1894 764
37 Last Tinkle of the Camel Bell 1894-1896 784
Epilogue 788
Appendix 1 800
Appendix 2 803
Appendix 3 Chronology 804
Source Notes 808
Bibliography 887
Acknowledgements and Picture Credits 895
Index 897
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    Giving Focus to a Blaze of Light

    For several years, my wife kept suggesting that I write a Burton biography that would center on his relationship with his wife. Wouldn't you know it, someone comes out with what is perhaps the definitive version of Burton's life, complete with wife Isabel right beside him. This is a comprehensively researched and intelligently written biography of a man who once described himself as a 'blaze of light without a focus.'

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