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Exit the Actress - Priya Parmar
Exit the Actress
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While selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, sweet and sprightly Ellen "Nell" Gwyn impresses the theater’s proprietors with a wit and sparkle that belie her youth and poverty. She quickly earns a place in the company, narrowly avoiding the life of prostitution to which her sister... show more
While selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, sweet and sprightly Ellen "Nell" Gwyn impresses the theater’s proprietors with a wit and sparkle that belie her youth and poverty. She quickly earns a place in the company, narrowly avoiding the life of prostitution to which her sister has already succumbed. As her roles evolve from supporting to starring, the scope of her life broadens as well. Soon Ellen is dressed in the finest fashions, charming the theatrical, literary, and royal luminaries of Restoration England. Ellen grows up on the stage, experiencing first love and heartbreak and eventually becoming the mistress of Charles II. Despite his reputation as a libertine, Ellen wholly captures his heart—and he hers—but even the most powerful love isn’t enough to stave off the gossip and bitter court politics that accompany a royal romance. Telling the story through a collection of vibrant seventeenth-century voices ranging from Ellen’s diary to playbills, letters, gossip columns, and home remedies, Priya Parmar brings to life the story of an endearing and delightful heroine.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781439171172 (1439171173)
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 444
Edition language: English
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Merle
Merle rated it
This is an entertaining book about the life of Nell Gwyn, favorite mistress of Charles II of England. It moves briskly, covering 8 years of her life and introducing a large number of characters from the royal court. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it as a good light read, with the added bonu...
There Might Be Cupcakes and Books
There Might Be Cupcakes and Books rated it
1.0 Exit the Actress
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KOMET
KOMET rated it
A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending Miss Parmar's book reading/signing at a Barnes and Noble bookstore, where she autographed my copy of this book. Prior to reading this book, all I knew about Nell Gwyn was that she was a famous actress in her day and the mistress of King Cha...
A Book Addict's Musings by Readinghearts
A Book Addict's Musings by Readinghearts rated it
4.0
Although my usual is to read books that are mostly told from one perspective, I have read a couple of historical fiction books before that tell the story from the perspective of several characters. Most of them alternate the viewpoints by chapter. What is really different about this book is the use ...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
5.0
I am loving this book. In my heart of hearts, I believe we are seeing the start of the next Phillipa Gregory, one of my favorite writers. I am having a bit of difficulties with the diary style of writing, but the authentic language makes up for it. So often, authors take such disgusting liberties wi...
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