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by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

  • ISBN: 0060162163
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Lucy Hughes-Hallett
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; Stated First U.S. Edition/BOMC edition (May 1, 1990)
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Lucy Hughes-Hallett examines the myths and views of Cleopatra thoughout the ages. She spends the first section of the book going into detail about Ocatvain's story about Cleopatra versus what Cleopatra's story might have been.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett examines the myths and views of Cleopatra thoughout the ages. It is this first section of the book that provides biographically detail. Readers should be warned, however, that this book is not a biography of Cleopatra. Readers who want a straight forward biography should check out Michael Grant's work. The second half of the book deals with how artists and writers thoughout the ages have treated Cleopatra.

Hughes-Hallett is looking at Cleopatra's image as it has been created and recreated through the ages. Do not let the sub-title "dreams and distortions" distract you. This book looks at Cleopatra as her enemies veiwed her, as a witch and a whore. I would not recomend this book for anyone who is truly interested in the life of the great Cleopatra VII. Don't waiste you time and money on this poor excuse for a biography.

Cleopatra VII-the last Queen of Egypt, Julius Caesar's mistress, Antony's partner, Rome's adversary-has been protrayed through time as a temptress, and a goddess

Cleopatra VII-the last Queen of Egypt, Julius Caesar's mistress, Antony's partner, Rome's adversary-has been protrayed through time as a temptress, and a goddess. In Cleopatra, the author unmasks all the fantastic Cleopatras from Chaucer, Cecil B. DeMille, George Bernard Shaw, and others. 32 pages of illustrations.

Acclaim for Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s HEROES A book packed with information and insights. Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a critic for The Sunday Times (London) and the author of Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams, and Distortions

Acclaim for Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s HEROES A book packed with information and insights. A formidable accomplishment. Washington City Paper Magnificen. .Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a critic for The Sunday Times (London) and the author of Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams, and Distortions. She lives in London with her husband and daughters and is at work on a book about Gabriele d’Annunzio and the origins of Italian fascism. Also by lucy hughes-hallett. Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams, and Distortions.

Her first book, Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions (1990), examining the historical . Hughes-Hallett does full justice to his spendthrift habits and compulsive womanising, but also to his pioneering enthusiasm for aviation and courage under fire

Her first book, Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions (1990), examining the historical background and cultural myths inspired by Cleopatra, won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award. Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen, was published in 2004. Hughes-Hallett does full justice to his spendthrift habits and compulsive womanising, but also to his pioneering enthusiasm for aviation and courage under fire. The key episode she describes at length is his unofficial takeover of the Adriatic city of Fiume for six months during 1919, ruling an anarchy by mesmeric speeches and bands of thugs.

Cleopatra : Histories, Dreams, and Distortions. by Lucy Hughes-Hallett. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780060920937.

About LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT.

We are like Rottentomatoes or Metacritic for books. We also do book giveaways. About LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT. Published January 1, 1991 by VINTAGE. 417 pages Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett has written three works of non-fiction - Cleopatra, Heroes and The . Cleopatra: Histories, dreams and distortions.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett has written three works of non-fiction - Cleopatra, Heroes and The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio - a novel and a collection of short stories. Born in London, Hughes-Hallett is the daughter of Michael Wyndham Norton Hughes-Hallett by his marriage to Penelope Ann Fairbairn Hughes-Hallett was a Vogue Talent Contest prize-winner in 1973 and subsequently worked for five years as a feature writer on the magazine. In 1978 she won the Catherine Pakenham Award for a profile of Roald Dahl. New York: Harper & Ro.Hughes-Hallett, L. (2004).

Stacy Schiff gives us a cinematic portrait of Cleopatra that is far more compelling than any fictional creation. Continue reading the main story

Stacy Schiff gives us a cinematic portrait of Cleopatra that is far more compelling than any fictional creation. Continue reading the main story. From the start Cleopatra’s story was larger than life: epic in scale, mythic in symbolism and operatically over the top in its grandeur and its spectacle. As Stacy Schiff describes it in a captivating new biography, Cleopatra’s meeting with Julius Caesar was a singular, shuddering moment, when two civilizations, passing in different directions, unexpectedly and momentously touched.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is the author of The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, the Political Book Award for Political Biography of the Year, and the Costa Biography Award.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is the author of The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, the Political Book Award for Political Biography of the Year, and the Costa Biography Award; Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions, which won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award; and Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen. One fee. Stacks of books.

Examines the life and legend of Cleopatra and analyzes the images of her that have emerged in the two thousand years since her death
Reviews about Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions (6):
Awene
This is an amazing book about historiography of Cleopatra. It draws on representations of Cleopatra in art history literature through many historical periods and relates the representations of Cleopatra in each period to the concerns of the time and place the representations were made. This demonstrates the lack of objectivity in these representations, and how little we really know or can know about the historical Cleopatra. A great book! And fun to read.
Thetath
This is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched study of one of the most remarkable women in history. It critically examines her image and reputation from antiquity to the present. The only disapointment is the 37 black and white (not colour) plates, which have not reproduced particularly well.
Flathan
Its been so long since I ordered this book I can barely remember it. But I have it somewhere. Trying to find real historic information on one of the best known women in history can be rather hard.
ℓo√ﻉ
I beg to differ with the previous reviewer. Hughes-Hallett's Cleopatra is a fascinating--and sociologically astute--work. Hughes-Hallett is looking at Cleopatra's image as it has been created and recreated through the ages. She begins with a review of Cleopatra's story through the eyes of her Roman enemies (specifically Octavius--later Caesar Augustus) and explains how Octavius' "propaganda machine" used certain images and concepts to discredit Cleopatra. Like all propaganda, the images tell us more about Octavius and the world he lived in than about Cleopatra.
Likewise, when, in the next chapter, Hughes-Hallett describes the images Cleopatra used to promote herself, we learn more about the religion and society surrounding Cleopatra than any specific biographical information.
The book moves on through history: Cleopatra in Shakespeare, for instance. It is not a biography, and Hughes-Hallett makes it quite clear that it is not meant to be a biography. What we know about Cleopatra is very little. Instead Hughes-Hallett's book explores what Cleopatra has meant to the different ages in which her myth and story have been told. Like many famous women throughout history, she has been both villified and romanticized.
I would rank Hughes-Hallett's book with Marina Warner's From the Beast to the Blond (although it is not as erudite) for its exploration of story and history and how the two mix together.
Modigas
The author does an excellent job of laying out all the various portrayals of Cleopatra, both historical and literary, and relating them to women's status in society at the time.
The book is filled with clear examples of the author's points, and her theories are backed up with documentation.
Cleopatra comes across as a very human "character" whose actions can be interpretted in many ways, depending on who is telling the story.
Lucy Hughes Hallett gives the reader several "historical" Clepatras, ranging from a "Nile vamp" to a romantic heroine dying for love. The author stresses the point that various periods in history have used the Cleopatra legend for different purposes, everything from instilling national pride to selling shampoo.
The book in no way presents a one-sided version of the queen's story. If anything the reader is presented wth an array of contradictory elements and allowed to pick and choose the ones he wants to incorporate into his own version of Cleopatra.
I found the book well written, intelligent and thought provoking.
Tejar
I've done extensive reasherch on The Life, as well as the comon veiws, of Cleopatra VII. Out of all of the books I have read, this has to be the worst. Do not let the sub-title "dreams and distortions" distract you. This book looks at Cleopatra as her enemies veiwed her, as a witch and a whore. I would not recomend this book for anyone who is truly interested in the life of the great Cleopatra VII. Don't waiste you time and money on this poor excuse for a biography. I would, though, like to recomend a historical novel, on Cleopatra by Margret George. Although it is technicly non fiction, it is extreemly historicly acurate as well as I great book to read.
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