Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic
Charlene M. Boyer Lewis
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 illus.
Cloth 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4430-4 | $34.95 | £23.00
"Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's rebellious flouting of contemporary social and gender norms made her famous–and infamous–throughout the western world. Yet in the hands of Charlene Boyer Lewis, this is not just the story of a woman seeking fame. Rather, Lewis portrays Bonaparte as a significant figure whose unusual life offers the opportunity to explore a much larger set of ideas, trends, and patterns circulating between Europe and America in the early nineteenth century."–Rosemarie Zagarri, author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic
Appraising Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's many identities—celebrity, aristocrat, independent woman, mother—Charlene M. Boyer Lewis is able to show how Madame Bonaparte, as she was known, exercised extraordinary social power at the center of the changing transatlantic world. Read more . . .