The Most Beautiful Man in Existence: The Scandalous Life of Alexander Lesassier

The Most Beautiful Man in Existence: The Scandalous Life of Alexander Lesassier

by Lisa Rosner
     
 

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"Reading this book is a bit like stumbling across a new Pepys, or discovering the journals of James Boswell."—Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History

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"Reading this book is a bit like stumbling across a new Pepys, or discovering the journals of James Boswell."—Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History

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Library Journal
Alexander Lesassier was a regimental surgeon who served with the British Army in the early 19th century. Thanks to his prodigious journalizing (his papers filled a trunk), we are here given a vivid picture of the medical profession at the time, an officers life in the British Army, and what may have been one of the more dissolute lives of the period. We follow our often scandalous hero from medical training to his efforts to obtain an army commission to his service in places from Gibraltar to India, where he died in the first Afghan War in 1839. Rosner has extensively researched this work, which included translating those portions of the journal written in French, Portuguese, and other languages. There are many pages of notes and a large bibliography. Recommended for public libraries.Joseph Toschik, Half Moon Bay P.L., CA
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"Remarkable. . . . Reading this book is a bit like stumbling across a new Pepys, or discovering the journals of James Boswell."—Roy Porter, author of London: A Social History

"Lesassier is a rogue more likely to pop up as a character in a Restoration comedy than anywhere else. But in historian Lisa Rosner's hands, the trunk full of journals he left behind provides fresh insights into the development of the medical profession and English society in the early 1800s."—Boston Globe

"We are here given a vivid picture of the medical profession at the time, an officer's life in the British Army, and what may have been one of the more dissolute lives of the period. We follow our often-scandalous hero from medical training to his efforts to obtain an army commission to his service in places from Gibraltar to India, where he died in the first Afghan War in 1839."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812203165
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/06/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
4 MB

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