Ever after : Diana and the life she led

by Edwards, Anne, 1927-

Format: Print Book 2000
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 DIA
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"A first-class piece of research and reconstruction graced by a first-class writing talent, with a startling royal family scandal buried at the heart of the story." - Barbara Tuchman on Anne Edwards' Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor "This is the stuff of fairy tales," said the Archbishop of Canterbury on July 23, 1981, after the 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer arrived in a glass coach for her wedding to Prince Charles.But everyone knows how that fairy tale ended. Drawing upon intensive research and interviews, acclaimed biographer Anne Edwards, well-known for her revelatory and incisive books on members of Britain's royal family, here uncovers new details of Diana's life and her search for love; of her family background; and of a betrayal, historic in its outcome. What the public did not know at the time of her storybook wedding was the true story of Diana's troubled childhood-of the cold, autocratic grandfather who disdained her father, who was himself an abusive husband obsessed with having a son to inherit the Spencer wealth and title.When Diana married Prince Charles, she joined the equally troubled House of Windsor, and was caught up in a plot Shakespearean in its deception and eventual tragic ending. Anne Edwards paints a vivid portrait of a woman desperate in her marriage, fearful of her life, who became devious-and often brilliant-in the moves she played in a treacherous royal chess game.As in her superb biographies of other royal and celebrated women, Anne Edwards transcends the one-sided views of Diana in a work that must be called definitive. At long last, and with all of the insight and narrative drama that have marked her previous bestsellers, Edwards brings us the first full-scale, authoritative portrait of a more intelligent, more resourceful, and sometimes more ruthless woman than we have seen before.AUTHORBIO: Anne Edwards, who lived in London for many years and has close friends within royal circles, is the author of many best-selling biographies, including Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windso and Royal Sisters: Elizabeth and Margaret. She is known for her meticulous research and ability to portray her subjects with passion and sympathy. She has also written biographies of Vivien Leigh, Margaret Mitchell, Katharine Hepburn, and Sonya, Countess Tolstoy.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "There have been so many books written about Princess Diana, it is hard to believe the world needs another. But, unlike most of the titles on the Diana shelf, especially Sally Bedell Smith's recent Diana in Search of Herself [BKL Jl 99], which made the case for the princess as a "borderline personality," this one doesn't sink into armchair pyschology nor does it take sides. Edwards, a well-known biographer whose subjects have included a host of women from Margaret Mitchell to Barbra Streisand, offers a competent, compact life story that gives all the details without wallowing in them. After several chapters of Spencer family history, Edwards goes on to describe how the insecure 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer became positioned to become Prince Charles' wife--long before either of them really knew what they were getting into. Charles thought young Diana would be a compliant wife who would give him sons and ignore his long-standing relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles. She gave him sons, but Diana was always looking for the fairy-tale romance she felt she had been promised. The book goes on to chronicle how things cascaded downhill from there. Although a little light on source notes, this is an engaging, well-written biography and a good antidote for the more sensationalized Diana books. --Ilene Cooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A prominent writer of celebrity bios (Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland, etc.), Edwards takes on the storied life of Princess Diana. This intensely absorbing account nevertheless fails to reveal any major new information about the famous princess. Drawing on archival as well as published materials about Diana and her family--as well as hundreds of interviews, including one with Andrew Morton, author of Diana: Her True Story--Edwards recounts the familiar story of Diana's unhappy childhood, spent with divorced parents, and of her essentially loveless marriage to Prince Charles. Her early life was so troubled, according to Edwards, that Diana's poor performance in school was probably related to emotional distress rather than inability. Although Diana's well-publicized eating disorders began before her marriage, Edwards describes how evidence of Charles's continued affection for his former mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, triggered Diana's continued attacks of bulimia during her honeymoon and while she was pregnant with William. After the birth of her second child, Harry, Diana's intimate life with Charles virtually ended, and he spent his free time with Camilla. Although Edwards acknowledges Diana's emotional problems, this account is far more sympathetic to the unhappy princess than Sally Bedell Smith's Diana in Search of Herself. The author even credits Diana, in death, with changing the Windsors' attitudes toward their subjects, because the queen was forced, by public pressure, to share in the national outpouring of grief. Diana's many fans are sure to be delighted by Edwards's intimate prose and detailed descriptions. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Diana, -- Princess of Wales, -- 1961-1997.
Spencer family -- History.
Princesses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2000
Other Titles Diana and the rise of the House of Spencer
Language English
Notes Originally published: Diana and the rise of the House of Spencer. London : Hodder and Stroughton, c1999.
Description xii, 372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-347) and index.
ISBN 0312253141 :
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