My Theodosia: A Novel

My Theodosia: A Novel

by Anya Seton
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My Theodosia: A Novel by Anya Seton

“Anya Seton’s portraits of Aaron and Theodosia Burr alike are 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 nineteenth century.” —New York Times

Anya Seton’s best-selling first novel, originally published in 1941, captures all the drama of the short life of Theodosia Burr (1783–1813). Her father, Aaron—Thomas Jefferson’s vice president, most famous for his great duel with Alexander Hamilton—holds sway over young Theodosia’s heart. But his arrogance forces her to choose between the man he insists she marry and her love for a young soldier who will turn out to play a decisive role in her father’s fate. Persuaded by Aaron that through his treasonable plans she will soon be crowned princess of the Kingdom of Mexico, she is received like royalty on Blennerhassett Island, only to end up trying to exonerate her father as he awaits trial in a Richmond jail, repudiated by his fickle son-in-law and friends.
Theodosia remains a haunting figure in American history, still lovely, still imperious, never vanquished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544242098
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 556,366
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

ANYA SETON (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, Avalon, Dragonwyck, Devil Water, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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My Theodosia 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sdb More than 1 year ago
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.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
The incredible music of Hamilton inspired me to revisit and reread this novelization about the relationship of Vice-President Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia Burr Alston. Burr comes across as an ambitious, and somewhat inadvertent villain in Hamilton. In My Theodosia, he is just as ambitious, more calculating, and a really creepy father who doesn't scruple to manipulate his adoring daughter for his own ends. Theodosia comes across as more than a little naive, though with the spunk to engage in a secret romance with Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark expedition). The Burr-Hamilton duel is touched upon, as well as Burr's trial for treason after some bizarre machinations to become King or Emperor of Mexico, with his daughter to be Crown Princess. It does make me want to study more official biographies of this man, who appears as Narcissistic and self-serving as contemporary men poised to become office-holders in the USA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
book is excellent
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