This competent but undistinguished biography of Pauline Bonaparte, following closely behind Maas' Imperial Venus (see P....

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PAULINE BONAPARTE

This competent but undistinguished biography of Pauline Bonaparte, following closely behind Maas' Imperial Venus (see P. 180), will meet a wary public. The interpretation follows the same line of reasoning,- a beauty, a gay vain vixen, grasping, avaricious, in Napoleon's days of glory, but steadfast and loyal after his defeat. Here are the historical facts, her early life in Corsica, the revolution and flight to Marseilles and poverty, Napoleon's rapid rise, her hey-day of luxury, lovers and self-indulgence. Favorite of the Consul, she was beguiling, irresponsible, immoral, and Napoleon, jealous of his dignity, strove to keep her in hand, first by sending her to Haiti with her husband, little Gen. Leclerc, and after his death, forcing her to marry a handsome, but dull and disappointingly unpassionate Italian nobleman. None of this kept Pauline from maintaining a steady stream of lovers, making a pagan cult of the body beautiful. As she grew older her nymphomania turned into hypochondria, and she was probably saved from complete degeneration by her brother's adversities. Then she proved her devotion and followed him into exile.

Pub Date: Nov. 14, 1946

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Publisher: Rinehart

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1946