Letters From Eqypt

Letters From Eqypt - Virago Classic Non-Fiction

Paperback (04 Dec 1997)

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Publisher's Synopsis

'The fearless nineteenth century English Lady who lived on top of an Egyptian temple' TOBY WILKINSON, TELEGRAPH

'A lyrical, sharply observed, often humorous' KATHERINE FRANK

In 1862, Lucie Duff Gordon, cousin of Harriet Martineau and friend of Caroline Norton, Meredith and Thackeray, embarked on a solo trip to Egypt in an effort to rid herself of consumption. The next seven years were spent in a ruined house above a temple in Luxor on the Nile. Feeling at home in this most foreign of lands, Lucie Duff Gordon integrated herself quickly in the locale, setting up a hospital from her home and welcoming the people of Luxor, be they officials or slaves into her house.

The absorbing story told through her letters offers a wonderfully penetrating and sympathetic view of mid-nineteenth century Egypt as well as the personal story of this brave and generous woman.

Book information

ISBN: 9780860684558
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 962.03092
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 383
Weight: 468g
Height: 204mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 26mm