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A Monkey Among Crocodiles Brian Thompson

A Monkey Among Crocodiles By Brian Thompson

A Monkey Among Crocodiles by Brian Thompson


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Georgina Weldon was born in 1837 and, although almost no one will have heard of her, the only talent she really had was for self-advertisement. She had a monstrous ego, selling a 6-volume record of her life though a spiritualistic medium, and pursuing many lawsuits.

A Monkey Among Crocodiles Summary

A Monkey Among Crocodiles: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of Mrs Georgina Weldon - A Disastrous Victorian by Brian Thompson

Georgina Weldon was born in 1837 and, although almost no one will have heard of her, the only talent she really had was for self-advertisement. She is one of the great undiscovered and unsung eccentrics of the 19th-century. Her ego was monstrous and manifested itself in the 6-volume record of her life which she sold through a spiritualistic medium. Her garrulous work was composed in a convent cell in Gisors where she lived with her pet monkey Titilehee. She was born to parents on the margins of aristocracy and spent her early life in Florence. After a string of liaisons which "ruined her reputation" she had an affair with a penniless Hussar officer called Harry Weldon and eloped with him to a two-bedroom cottage in Beaumaris. She opened a singing academy in a house formerly owned by Dickens but, with things going characteristically awry, she met the composer Gounod, who came to live with them. The singing ladies were dumped in favour of orphans who drove around the West End of London in a converted milk float advertising their weekly concerts at the Langham Hotel.

A Monkey Among Crocodiles Reviews

From Bad To The Bone: 'A dark and compleeing study of sexual obsession... Witty and rancorous about contemporary Britain... Thompson writes brilliantly about men and women hooked by their desires.' Philip Oakes, Literary Review

About Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson was born in London and read English at Cambridge. He has written for radio and television, as well as for stage. A Monkey Among Crocodiles is his first work of non-fiction. He lives in Oxford and France and is currently researching a book about two Victorian men, Samuel and Valentine Baker, to be published by HarperCollins in 2001.

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GOR001777819
9780002571890
0002571897
A Monkey Among Crocodiles: The Life, Loves and Lawsuits of Mrs Georgina Weldon - A Disastrous Victorian by Brian Thompson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2000-06-19
320
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