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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375757465
ISBN-13: 9780375757464
Sku: 30741920
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  448
Age Range:  NA
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A penetrating portrait of one of the last great female adventurers chronicles the life of Freya Stark, a British woman whose career as a writer and explorer led her into the remote regions of the Islamic world during the first half of the twentieth century. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. *Author: Geniesse, Jane Fletcher *Subtitle: The Life of Freya Stark *Publication Date: 2001/07/01 *Number of Pages: 410 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out, at the age of thirty-four, to explore remote and dangerous regions of the Middle East. She was captured in 1927 by the French military police after penetrating their cordon around the rebellious Druze. She explored the mountainous territory of the mysterious Assassins of Persia, became the first woman to explore Luristan in western Iran, and followed ancient frankincense routes to locate a lost city. Admired by British officialdom, her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages and culture aided the military and diplomatic corps, for whom she conceived an effective propaganda network during WWII.

But Stark’s indomitable spirit was forged by contradictions, her high-profile wanderings often masking deep insecurities. A child of privilege, she grew up in near poverty; she longed for love, but consistently focused on the wrong men. This is a brilliant and balanced biography—filled with sheikhs, diplomats, nomad warriors and chieftains, generals, would be lovers, and luminaries. Author Jane Geniesse digs beneath the mythology to uncover a complex, quixotic, and controversial woman.

Freya Stark—traveler, explorer, Arabist, and woman of letters—began the extraordinary adventures that would glamorize her—and would catapult her into public life for the next sixty years—in 1927. And with the publication of The Valley of the Assassins in 1934, her legend was launched.

Leaving behind a miserable family life, Freya set out, at the age of thirty-four, to explore remote and dangerous regions of the Middle East. She was captured in 1927 by the French military police after penetrating their cordon around the rebellious Druze. She explored the mountainous territory of the mysterious Assassins of Persia, became the first woman to explore Luristan in western Iran, and followed ancient frankincense routes to locate a lost city. Admired by British officialdom, her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages and culture aided the military and diplomatic corps, for whom she conceived an effective propaganda network during WWII.

But Stark’s indomitable spirit was forged by contradictions, her high-profile wanderings often masking deep insecurities. A child of privilege, she grew up in near poverty; she longed for love, but consistently focused on the wrong men. This is a brilliant and balanced biography—filled with sheikhs, diplomats, nomad warriors and chieftains, generals, would be lovers, and luminaries. Author Jane Geniesse digs beneath the mythology to uncover a complex, quixotic, and controversial woman.
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In telling the dramatic story of the long life of explorer, Arabist, and writer Freya Stark, this biography seeks to expose the insecurity and self-contempt that lay behind Stark's passions for achievement and adventure. A New York Times Notable Book in 1999.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"Geniesse....has achieved, in the end, an admirable focus, at once critical and sympathetic. The portrait that emerges is a subtle and generous one." - Colin Thubron 10/10/1999

New York Times
"Ms. Geniesse recounts that adventure with a sensible kind of verve. She reliably fills in the historical backgrounds of the places Stark went; she cites bright passages from Stark's letters and books; she never loses sight of Stark's bravery or of her neediness." - Richard Bernstein 10/27/1999

Washington Post Book World
"Some of [Freya Stark's noble] attributes have withstood Jane Fletcher Geniesse's fine biography, but not all....[Geniesse's] book is shrewd, gracefully written and thoroughly researched. Reading it has sent me back to the small collection of Stark's lively books in my library and whetted my appetite to get and read more, and for that I am grateful. But is this benefit enough to overcome the pang of my broken illusions [about Stark]? I'm not sure." - Dennis Drabelle 11/07/1999

Times Literary Supplement
"Jane Fletcher Geniesse...has written a well-researched and highly readable book which makes up for occasional solecisms and some overheated prose by its fair-mindedness and human understanding....Geniesse gives Freya Stark's public life and achievements their due, and avoids both exaggeration and denigration. But it is in her account of her subject's emotional life that she has most to contribute." - Anne Chisholm 12/10/1999

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