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Mrs Jordan's Profession: The Story of a Great Actress and a Future King
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Claire Tomalin
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Mrs Jordan's Profession: The Story of a Great Actress and a Future King

Claire Tomalin



Individual actors & performers;
Biography: arts & entertainment;
Biography: historical, political & military


448 pages

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Acclaimed as the greatest comic actress of her day, Dora Jordan lived a quite different role off-stage as lover to Prince William, third son of George III. Unmarried, the pair lived in a villa on the Thames and had ten children together until William, under pressure from royal advisers, abandoned her. The story of how Dora moved between the worlds of the eighteenth-century theatre and happy domesticity, of her fights for her family and her career makes a classic story of royal perfidy and female courage.

'The strangest and most sensational story Tomalin has told so far. A miraculously detailed portrait - as brisk, unsentimental, good-humoured and fairminded as its subject.' Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph 'Compelling, shrewd in its judgements, exceptionally well written, and informed by a vivid sense of the past.' John Gross, Sunday Telegraph 'Riveting. Conjures up a rich, alluring period which, in its brittle decadence and love of scandal and flamboyance, often seems closer than the nineteenth century to our own times. The most haunting biography I have read this year.' Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times 'Fascinating, affecting. A compelling story and Tomalin tells it with clarity and warmth.' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times

By:   Claire Tomalin
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   365g
ISBN:   9780241963296
ISBN 10:   024196329X
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   August 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Claire Tomalin has been literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. She is the author of seven highly acclaimed literay biographies, including Samuel Pepys, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year award, and the international bestseller, Charles Dickens: A Life. She is married to the novelist and playwright Michael Frayn.

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