Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman (Grove Great Lives) Paperback – 8 Jul 2002
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About the Author
Stefan Zweig (born November 28, 1881, Vienna, Austria – died February 22, 1942, Petrópolis, Brazil), was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer was one of the most successful and popular authors of the 20th Century. Although he wrote in German, his works were translated into English and several other languages. Zweig was a prolific writer. In the 1930s he was one of the most widely translated authors in the world. His extensive travels led him to India, Africa, North and Central America, and Russia. Zweig's friends included Maksim Gorky, Rainer Maria Rilke, Auguste Rodin, and Arturo Toscanini. Strangely, at the peak of his popularity and having just completed his autobiography while still working on four other books, Zweig committed suicide in Brazil with his new wife by them both taking poison. In 1939, he had married Charlotte Altmann, his secretary from 1933. She was twenty-seven years his junior. Zweig left a suicide note stating that he had done so because of the Nazi takeover of his country of Austria and because Europe was destroying itself with World War II that was taking place. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Traditional histories have portrayed Marie Antoinette as a shallow, weak, and self-indulgent person. Others have turned her into a saint.
In 1933, Stefan Zweig wrote this biography of her in which he argued that the queen achieved greatness during the final years of her life thanks to her extraordinary courage.
Stephan Zweigs's biography is quite extraordinary as it is partly a traditional biography, partly a psychological study and partly a work of high literature. It is demanding to read, but rewarding. It presents a very different view of his woman and Queen. It helps to re-think and re-evaluate this last Queen of France (the last Queen in France was her nice Marie Amelie but as Queen of the French from 1830-1848).
an austrian depicting an another fellow citizen with great knowledge is absolutely a new vision, another level of understanding and a great team for a great book.
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Excellent read couldn't put the book down readers interested in this should read 'Marie Antoinette The Journey by Antonia FraserPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
A gripping and humane account of Marie Antionett's tragic life written by a master.Published 21 months ago by jane keskar