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That woman : the life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor 1st ed.
    Sebba, Anne.
Publisher: St. Martins Press,
Pub date: 2012.
Pages: xi, 344 p., [24] p. of plates :
ISBN: 9781250002969
Item info: 7 copies available at Elmira - Central (Steele) Library, Bath - Dormann Library, Belfast Public Library, Cuba Circulating Library Association, Penn Yan Public Library, Watkins Glen Public Library, and West Elmira Library.
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Summary

The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The King's Speech.

This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne. "That woman," so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation. It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson's relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.

Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon. But her psychology remains an enigma. Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.

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Publishers Weekly Review
"I hope to humanize rather than demonize" the woman for whose sake King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne, writes Sebba (Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother) in this controversial biography that was a bestseller in Britain. The author, using interviews, previously unavailable letters, and media accounts, explores how Simpson, a spunky Southern belle, changed her life after two divorces and numerous love affairs on two continents, seized the heart of then prince of Wales, and weathered the wrath of the royals and the hostile British press. Two startling speculations concerning Simpson's medical and psychological state attribute her sexual fierceness and flirtatiousness to a possible form of hermaphroditism and the need to emphasize her femininity. Sebba discloses the tremendous pressure from the royal family and high society on the new king to place English tradition above his bond to the American divorcee with her dubious background. Sebba details the life after the abdication, in which the duchess proved herself a resourceful survivor. This accomplished biography is smart, eloquent, and unafraid to go beyond the myth of the duchess of Windsor Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates (U.K.). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Library Journal Review
While the allure of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII's story has lasted over 70 years, Sebba (former foreign correspondent, Reuters; American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill) presents the complex woman behind that relationship, who was not merely a social climber/seductress. Sebba's research reveals that although Wallis was drawn to the life that Edward could provide, she also cared for her second husband, Ernest Simpson, and in fact hoped to maintain both relationships: she did not want to be queen and pleaded with the infatuated Edward not to abdicate. Thus this is a more balanced portrait of Wallis than readers may be used to, extending from birth to death and keeping the focus on her, rather than simply on her marriage to Edward and their long lives as Duke and Duchess of Windsor. VERDICT Sebba dispels the myths that surround the pair (such as that theirs was a love story for the ages). Charles Higham's The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life spends more time on their alleged Nazi sympathies. Greg King's The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson supports the love story and defends Wallis Simpson. Sebba's more nuanced biography should be included in any collection covering this subject. Madonna's forthcoming movie on Wallis Simpson, W.E., will increase interest.-Maria Bagshaw, West Dundee, IL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
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key ocn740627030
Data source OCoLC
Fixed field data 110706s2012 xx a b 001 0beng d
ISBN 9781250002969 (pbk.)
ISBN 1250002966
ISBN 9781250002969 (hc.)
Cataloging Source BTCTA eng BTCTA YDXCP ZQP UPZ JAI
Geographic Area Code e-uk---
LC Call Number DA581.W5 S43 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 941.084092 23
Personal Author Sebba, Anne.
Title That woman : the life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor / Anne Sebba.
Edition 1st ed.
Publication info New York : St. Martins Press, 2012.
Physical description xi, 344 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Bibliography note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Held by ELMIRA BATH BELFAST CUBA PENNYAN WATKINSGLN WESTELMIRA
Personal subject Windsor, Wallis Warfield, Duchess of, 1896-1986.
Personal subject Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972--Marriage.
Subject term Nobility--Great Britain--Biography.
Subject term Marriages of royalty and nobility--Great Britain--History--20th century.
Geographic term Great Britain--Kings and rulers--Succession.