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LEONOWENS, ANNA: - "The English Governess at the Siamese". / The Atlantic Monthly. Four volumes. Boston, Fields Osgood, & Co., April-June & August 1870.

. Comprises four original articles titled "The English Governess at the Siamese Court" issued in serialised form in the Atlantic Monthly by Anna Leonowens. (Volume XXV, nos. 150-152 and volume XXVI no 154). They were published before the enlarged text in book form (Boston 1870). As issued in original paper wrappers, two spines lightly chipped. This well-known account by an English governess is about her life with the Royal family of Siam (Thailand). King Mongkut (or Rama IV), a well-educated and fashionable man, wanted to give his children an European education. Anna Leonowens spent six years (1862-67) at the court where she taught the King's children and wives. Her "exotic" articles and memoirs received a lot of attention but the accuracy of her work has been questioned. Otherwise it is a charming story which Margaret Landon used for her novel "Anna and the King of Siam" (1944) and it was followed by a musical and a film "The King and I". Cordier BI 738. See Robinson p.139.
EUR 650.00 [Appr.: US$ 788.16 | £UK 558.25 | JPą 85801] Book number 120919

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