Anna and the King of Siam (Paperback)

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"Anna and the King of Siam" is a wonderful blend of old-fashioned fiction writing and the meticulously researched true story of the young English woman who was the tutor to the children of King Mongkut of Siam during the 1860s. Her most important pupil was the prince who would become Thailand's most progressive king. It was Anna who taught him about Abraham Lincoln and the Western ideals which would later influence his reign and the transformation of Thailand from a feudal state to a modern progressive society.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060954888
SKU 30534393
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060954884
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
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Annotation The basis for the musical "The King and I", this autobiography by a Victorian schoolteacher, who goes to Siam to teach the king's children, is a classic of its kind.
Editors Note Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. Stepping off the steamer from London, Anna found herself in an exotic land she could have only dreamed of lush landscape of mystic faiths and curious people, and king's palace bustling with royal pageantry, ancient custom, and harems. One of her pupils, the young prince Chulalongkorn, was particularly influenced by Leonowens and her Western ideals. He learned about Abraham Lincoln and the tenets of democracy from her, and years later he would become Siam's most progressive king. He guided the country's transformation from a feudal state to a modern society, abolshing slavery and making many other radical reforms. Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, Margret Landon recreates an unforgettable portrait of life in a forgotten extotic land. Written more than fifty years ago, and translated into dozens of languages, Anna and the King of Siam (the inspiration for the magical play and film The King and I)continues to delight and enchant readers around the world.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0416
Publisher Harper Perennial

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