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AMELIA PEABODY'S EGYPT:
A Compendium

Editors: Elizabeth Peters & Kristen Whitbread, designed by Dennis Forbes

In 1975, egyptologist Elizabeth Peters wrote a mystery novel featuring a plucky heroine named Amelia Peabody, a strong-willed woman who indulges her own passion in all things Egyptian, near the close of the 19th century. Now, fifteen Amelia Peabody mysteries later, Peters has published a sweeping companion volume to the series, a clever blend of fact and fiction. With this volume of Egyptian culture, history, and arcania, readers will be able to immerse themselves in the great lady's world more completely than every before.

Journey through the bustling streets and markets of Cairo a hundred years ago. Surround yourself with the customs and color of a bygone time. Explore ancient tombs and temples and marvel at the history of this remarkable land -- from the age of the pharaohs through the Napoleonic era to the First World War. Also included in the book are a hitherto unpublished journal entry and intimate biographies of the Emersons and their friends, which provide a uniquely personal view of the lives, relationships, opinions, politics and delightful eccentricities of mystery's first family, as delightful eccentricities of mystery's first family, as well as unforgettable pearls of wit and wisdom from everyone' favorite fictional Egyptologist herself.

Containing nearly 600 black and white photographs and illustrations, and articles by numerous experts, this book sparkles with unforgettable glimpses of the exotic and the bizarre, the unusual and the unfamiliar. This is a grand celebration of the life, the work, and the world of the incomparable Amelia Peabody.

From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Peters's bestselling series featuring Amelia Peabody Emerson and her family (Crocodile on the Sandbank, etc.) will welcome this companion volume, which entertainingly blurs fact and fiction. In her role as "editor" of Mrs. Emerson's journals, Peters provides a preface, while other contributors supply articles on the historical and cultural background of Egyptology. (Typical is "`Lesser Breeds without the Law': An Insightful Diatribe on the Victorian Attitude Towards Other Cultures & Peoples," by Barbara Mertz, the real name of the pseudonymous Peters, who has a Ph.D. in the subject.) One section, "The People of the Journals," straightfacedly presents period photographs of the members of the extended Emerson clan. Filled with black-and-white illustrations of people and places (credit for the design goes to Egyptophile Dennis Forbes), this attractive book both informs and enchants. The jacket art of three Victorian ladies inspecting a temple fits the tone of the text perfectly.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
$29.95 (hardcover)
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