My Mother My Father and His Wife Hortense

You will find it in My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense: The True Story of the Villa La Pietra (Amazon), a vivid book by Dialta, published under her family name, Dialta Lensi Orlandi, who is now Princess Dialta di Montereale.

My Mother  My Father and His Wife Hortense

Author: Dialta Lensi Orlandi

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781491039922

Page: 500

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In this fierce and poignant book, the author, drawing on sources that include her grandmother's richly erotic diaries, unveils intimate details of the Acton dynasty in Florence, the illicit love affair of Arthur and Elsie, and the controversial legal aftermath that continues to this day. A true family saga played out against the backdrop of Florence's celebrated Villa La Pietra. The struggle over the billion dollar estate of one of the 20th century's most notable aesthetes, Harold Acton, pitted New York University, against first Liana Beacci, Acton's illegitimate half-sister, and since her death in 2000 her daughter, Princess Dialta Alliata di Montereale, who lives in Honolulu. It began its progress through the Italian legal system soon after Acton's death in 1994 with more downs than ups for the family. But a recent reworking of Italian inheritance laws, to make them internally coherent and to bring them into accord with European protocols ,promises a dramatic conclusion – and sooner rather than later. It was always a story in which reality was more colourful than fiction. You will find it in My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense: The True Story of the Villa La Pietra (Amazon), a vivid book by Dialta, published under her family name, Dialta Lensi Orlandi, who is now Princess Dialta di Montereale. In fifty chapters, against the historical and social backdrop of art, glamour, war, and international intrigue, the lives of the Beaccis and the Actons are woven together through the eyes of a third-generation family member, Dialta Lensi Orlandi, granddaughter of Arthur Acton and daughter of Liana Beacci.The tale encompasses the fate of Acton's estate, an appalling betrayal, and the continuing fight to restore justice and dignity to Acton's legacy and the Beacci family name. Arthur Acton, Dialta's grandfather, was an art dealer, married to Hortense Mitchell, a Chicago heiress, but who came to dislike both art and her husband's home in Florence. Dialta's mother was born to Arthur Acton's lifelong mistress, Ersilia. Her half-brother, Harold Acton, the model for Anthony Blanche in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, and who had been host at La Pietra to Princess Diana and Pablo Picasso, was acquainted with his relations and tried to thwart their inheritance.In 2003 the court of Florence allowed the bodies of Liana and Arthur to be dug up for DNA tests. These established with “the highest degree of probability” that Liana was Arthur Acton's daughter and a surprise ending.

C zanne

Six months after the wedding, his father died. ... Hortense's sister Eugénie died young, and so did her mother, on 23 July 1867, when Hortense was seventeen ...

C  zanne

Author: Alex Danchev

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847653448

Page: 956

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Today we view Czanne as a monumental figure, but during his lifetime (1839-1906), many did not understand him or his work. With brilliant insight, drawing on a vast range of primary sources, Alex Danchev tells the story of an artist who was never accepted into the official Salon: he was considered a revolutionary at best and a barbarian at worst, whose paintings were unfinished, distorted and strange. His work sold to no one outside his immediate circle until his late thirties, and he maintained that 'to paint from nature is not to copy an object; it is to represent its sensations' - a belief way ahead of his time, with stunning implications that became the obsession of many other artists and writers, from Matisse and Braque to Rilke and Gertrude Stein. Beginning with the restless teenager from Aix who was best friends with Emile Zola at school, Danchev carries us through the trials of a painter tormented by self-doubt, who always remained an outsider, both of society and the bustle of the art world. Czanne: A life delivers not only the fascinating days and years of the visionary who would 'astonish Paris with an apple', with interludes analysing his self-portraits, but also a complete assessment of Czanne's ongoing influence through artistic imaginations in our own time. He is, as this life shows, a cultural icon comparable to Monet or Toulouse.

Henrietta Hornbuckle s Circus of Life

“She stopped liking you because of my father,” Henrietta said. “Because you married him and joined the circus.” “She should be over it by now,” Hortense ...

Henrietta Hornbuckle s Circus of Life

Author: Michael de Guzman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9781429933346

Page: 160

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A HEART-BREAKING COMEDY ABOUT CIRCUS LIFE AND LIFE ITSELF Henrietta cherishes her family's kooky existence working as clowns for a small, shabby traveling circus. As far as she is concerned, she has it better than any twelve-year-old on the planet. But one shocking day, life throws a pie right in her kisser—in the form of a hitand-run accident that takes away a loved one. Henrietta must use all her clowning skills and a whole lot more to pick herself up and face a future full of change.

The Memoirs of Queen Hortense

My mother was worried as to the effect these scenes would have on my health. ... His wife begged that he be allowed to go to America and came to see me ...

The Memoirs of Queen Hortense

Author: Queen Hortense Eugénie Cécile Bonaparte

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786258382

Page: 299

View: 532

In presenting to the public the Memoirs of Queen Hortense exactly as she recorded them, in exposing it to scholars—with an intrinsic and absolute respect for the integral historical accuracy of the text—these intimate revelations as set down by her royal hand, Prince Napoleon did a service not only to history but also to the memory of a princess too often harshly criticized eminently French in her heart and mind, to the memory of an unfortunate Queen, to the memory of an exquisite woman. Like the Emperor, one of whose shadows she was and whose touching and affectionate farewell smile she received as he was leaving France for the last time, the Queen of Holland has nothing to lose by having all her acts and even her mistakes fully revealed. This becomes very clear as one peruses these volumes where she took care not to avoid any of the difficulties of her task. She knew what society said about her; she was aware of the reproaches, justified and unjustified, of which she was the object. Frequently, reading between the lines one is conscious of the care her pen took to refute certain implications, sometimes with disdain but never without courage.

Anything But Average an Autobiography

My father, Willis Reed Boyce, was born in Murray, Utah, to John William Boyce ... just a few doors down the street from where Mother's family was living. My ...

Anything But Average  an Autobiography

Author: David Boyce


ISBN: 1387424068

Page: 272

View: 469

David was always meant to explore the back roads of the American southwest. For him, the more remote, the better; and the more beautiful, the more intellectually enticing. He always wanted to see for himself what those empty places on the map actually looked like. As a teenager, he hiked across Yosemite, harvested crops up the coast, and climbed major peaks in three states. As a Navajo speaker, he spent many years on the Indian Reservation, as a missionary and as a trader. Back in Utah, he began studying the geology of the Colorado Plateau. He has worked many jobs, including small business owner, miner, prospector, and assayer. But the job of geologist/tour guide for the local university was meant for him. A visitor on one of his tours described him as ..".an inspiring example of a person following his interests until he found his calling." True, David feels that sharing the southwest is his destiny. If he could live anywhere he wanted, he would choose southern Utah.

The Tree

My mother had no family living nor my father for they were older parents.” Hortense gave the boy two choices: (1) he could come here every day with his ...

The Tree

Author: Jo Ann Rothenbush-Thompson

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 168456221X

Page: 352

View: 783

My book is about a clan of fairies coming to America and life seen through fairies. It is gender friendly and I have included African people as they were left out of the fairies for many years. There is much adventure, lessons in life, and fun. Many creatures out in the forest who help the fairies over the years, plus one that is rarely seen. I hope you will enjoy this book. The name of the book is The Tree because that is where the fairies call their home. Many adults have enjoyed reading my st

The Poor Relations Cousin Betty Cousin Pons

Hortense looked at her husband with the expression a man condemned to death must wear on his way ... “Hortense is right,” said Steinbock, kissing his wife.

The Poor Relations  Cousin Betty   Cousin Pons

Author: Honoré de Balzac

Publisher: e-artnow


Page: 610

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"Cousin Betty" – Set in mid-19th-century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. Bette works with Valérie Marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, to seduce and torment a series of men. One of these is Baron Hector Hulot, husband to Bette's cousin Adeline. He sacrifices his family's fortune and good name to please Valérie, who leaves him for a tradesman named Crevel. "Cousin Pons" – Sylvain Pons, a musician in a Parisian boulevard orchestra, has two failings: his passion for collecting works of art and his passion for good food. Being a gourmet, Pons much enjoys dining regularly with his wealthy lawyer cousins M. and Mme Camusot de Marville. To remain on good terms with the Camusots, he tries to find a man for their unappealing daughter Cécile, but when this falls through, he is banished. However, when Mme Camusot learns of the value of Pons's art collection she strives to obtain possession of it as the basis of a dowry for her daughter. In this new development of the plot a bitter struggle ensues between various vulture-like figures, all of whom are keen to lay their hands on the collection.

Delphi Complete Works of Honor de Balzac Illustrated

“Then the woman asked me to dinner through my father-in-law, giving me to understand that ... as every mother thinks when she sees her daughter married.

Delphi Complete Works of Honor   de Balzac  Illustrated

Author: Honoré de Balzac

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 1908909668

Page: 5467

View: 674

This comprehensive eBook presents the complete Human Comedy of Honoré de Balzac in English, with beautiful illustrations, concise introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (28MB Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Balzac's life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other works * The COMPLETE 'La ComÈdie humaine' in English translation * The whole series is precisely organised into Balzac's plan * Includes Balzac's introduction AVANT-PROPOS * Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Famous works such as FATHER GORIOT, COUSIN BETTY, THE MAGIC SKIN and many more are illustrated with their original artwork * Balzac's five plays * Criticism section, with seven essays by writers such as Henry James and Leslie Stephen, evaluating Balzac's contribution to literature * Features five biographies - discover in depth Balzac's literary life! * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres * Special CHARACTERS resource, with information on all members of the cast 'La Comédie humaine', with references to the novels and stories they appear in Please visit to browse our range of exciting titles. CONTENTS: THE HUMAN COMEDY THE HISTORY OF 'LA COM…DIE HUMAINE' AVANT-PROPOS (PREFACE) THE COMPLETE HUMAN COMEDY - OVER 110 NOVELS AND STORIES (too many to list) The Short Stories DROLL STORIES THE NAPOLEON OF THE PEOPLE The Plays INTRODUCTION TO BALZAC'S DRAMAS by J. Walker McSpadden VAUTRIN THE RESOURCES OF QUINOLA PAMELA GIRAUD THE STEPMOTHER MERCADET RESOURCES The Criticism HONOR… DE BALZAC by Henry James A LETTER, 1883 by Robert Louis Stevenson BALZAC by John Cowper Powys BALZAC'S NOVELS by Leslie Stephen BALZAC by William Ernest Henley BALZAC AS A DRAMATIST by Epiphanius Wilson THE NOVEL by D. H. Lawrence The Biographies HONOR… DE BALZAC by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet HONOR… DE BALZAC, HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS by Mary F. Sandars BALZAC AND MADAME HANSKA by Elbert Hubbard BALZAC by Frederick Lawton WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF BALZAC by Juanita Helm Floyd Glossary of Characters in 'La ComÈdie humaine' Please visit to view the full list

The Fiction of Hortense Calisher

Aunt Leo is a family mystery she feels she has inherited ; her gravitation ... The protagonist's bisexual father has a lover — not , as she assumed , a kept ...

The Fiction of Hortense Calisher

Author: Kathleen Snodgrass

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874134780

Page: 136

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"Hortense Calisher is the author of eleven novels, six collections of stories or novellas, and two memoirs. The publication of her first book of short stories, In the Absence of Angels (1951), marked the debut of an important writer. For the past forty years her works have been consistently and widely reviewed. Calisher has long been celebrated (and censured) as a "writer's writer," a consummate stylist with an impressive range of subjects. Despite that range, however, Calisher's works possess a thematic coherence that has eluded critical notice. For more than forty years, she has spun out variations on the motif of rites of passage and of extradition. Her protagonists may yearn for stasis, for a firmly manageable reality, but finally emerge into a world where change is the only constant." "In The Fiction of Hortense Calisher, the first book-length study of Calisher's work, Kathleen Snodgrass demonstrates this theme's dominance. Following an introduction that provides biographical and critical background, she explores similarities in the structure of Calisher's works, grouping them together to illuminate both the general motif and its distinctive variations. In the first chapter, "Bridging the Gulf: The Autobiographical Stories," Snodgrass arranges Calisher's early stories into a biographically chronological order; a coherent narrative emerges that dramatizes Hester Elkin's rites of passage from childhood through adolescence to early adulthood. Hester Elkin is only the first of a succession of Calisher's protagonists to embrace life as an open-ended journey. In chapter 2, Snodgrass examines four Calisher novels that have in common tumultuous transitions from adolescence to adulthood. In Calisher, an essential part of that rite of passage is a "coming down from the heights" of theorizing and fantasy, into a willingness to grapple with mundane, adult realities. Chapter 3, "False Entries," focuses on two companion novels in which the central drama is the painful transition from stasis to movement." "Subsequent chapters focus on two very different types of movement: "Solo Flights" deals with characters sloughing off conventional lives like dead skins and setting off alone, while "Re-Entries" examines the opposite movement - here Calisher's characters re-enter what she has termed the "great enclosure of the norm." Later chapters discuss Calisher's two novels of space travel - works in which the primary voyage is psychic rather than physical - and works dealing with the voyaging life well into old age." "In her conclusion, "Calisher's 'Monologuing Eye,'" Snodgrass demonstrates the inseparability of style and theme in Calisher's works. Both stylistically and thematically, Calisher repudiates a predictably linear progression through life. If her style is, as some critics have remarked, "dense" and "elliptical," so, too, is her experience of the world. She leaves it to others to duplicate a received reality, choosing instead to take soundings on a world in flux."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Great Artists Paul C zanne

Her father was a farmer in the Jura district (close to the Swiss border), ... the Fiquet family; first Hortense's sister had died, followed by her mother.

The Great Artists  Paul C  zanne

Author: Jane Bingham

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1838577610


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In the words of Matisse and Picasso, Paul Cézanne was the 'father of us all', his approach to color and perspective paving the way for later modernist art movements such as Cubism and Expressionism, as he moved beyond the figurative tradition and towards abstraction. This book charts Cézanne's journey as an artist, his involvement with the Impressionist movement and his importance as a leading Post-Impressionist. It explores the places where he lived and worked, his personal life and friendships, and the artistic influences that helped to shape his remarkable vision of the world. This biographical detail is set alongside a selection of his brilliant paintings, allowing you to trace the evolution of his artwork. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Great Artists series by Arcturus Publishing introduces some of the most significant artists of the past 150 years, looking at their lives, techniques and inspirations, as well as presenting a selection of their best work.

Hortense Allart

In her youth , she had almost married a man whom she loved , but who was beneath her in social rank . Her father had forbidden the union , calling down upon ...

Hortense Allart

Author: Helynne Hollstein Hansen

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761812135

Page: 294

View: 528

Hortense Allart provides a biography of the French feminist and Romantic writer from the nineteenth century. Allart was a close friend and correspondent of several well-known writers of her time, including Chateaubriand, Sainte-Beuve, Béranger, George Sand, and Marie d'Agoult, and was a first cousin of the poet Sophie Gay de Girardin. In addition to her novels, political and religious essays, and historical writings, her most famous essay Le Femme et la Democratie de Nos Temps makes her stand out in her own time, and serves as a significant precursor to the twentieth century feminist literary movement. The author intermingles biographical information with analyses of her ten novels and her chief essay, and analyzes in modern feminist critical terms how Allart prefigured the reach for a gynocentric language that is the focus of contemporary women's writing, using the original French to quote Allart's works.

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne

His wife was named Hortense, like our maid,” Antoine said, smiling. ... “This is what my dad called 'The Judy Test,' named after my mother,” she said.

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne

Author: M. L. Longworth

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698195787

Page: 320

View: 845

A beguiling mystery that finds Verlaque and Bonnet searching for a murderer—in a crime tied to Provence’s greatest artist Provençal Mystery Series #5 A friend in his cigar club asks Antoine Verlaque to visit René Rouquet, a retired postal worker who has found a rolled-up canvas in his apartment. As the apartment once belonged to Paul Cézanne, Rouquet is convinced he’s discovered a treasure. But when Antoine arrives at the apartment, he finds René dead, the canvas missing, and a mysterious art history professor standing over the body. When the painting is finally recovered, the mystery only deepens. The brushwork and color all point to Cézanne. But who is the smiling woman in the painting? She is definitely not the dour Madame Cézanne. Who killed René? Who stole the painting? And what will they do to get it back? Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth’s enchanting mysteries blend clever whodunits with gustatory delights and the timeless romance of Provence. The Mystery of the Lost Cézanne adds a new twist by immersing Antoine and Marine in a clever double narrative that costars Provence’s greatest artist. “Art theft is a hot topic on the mystery scene, and no one’s heist is livelier than Longworth’s.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Ugly Duckling

HORTENSE . No family at all ? ZELDA . They've all gone . My mother and my father and my brothers and my sister . I've looked for three whole days !!

The Ugly Duckling

Author: Jan Powell

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 9780871290021

Page: 34

View: 605

Poor Relations

Hortense wanted to send her diamonds to the Mont-de-Piete; they would have brought in a few ... as every mother thinks when she sees her daughter married.

Poor Relations

Author: Honore de Balzac

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734094704

Page: 624

View: 799

Reproduction of the original: Poor Relations by Honore de Balzac

A Stranger on the Planet

n July 4, 1976, my mother, sister, and I celebrated the bicentennial at the ... to my father, but when the bill arrived at his house, Hortense opened it up ...

A Stranger on the Planet

Author: Adam Schwartz

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 1569478708

Page: 336

View: 443

A “touching and funny” novel of a dysfunctional family and one man’s struggle to both get away from them and to hold them close (Publishers Weekly). In the summer of 1969, twelve-year-old Seth lives with his unstable mother, Ruth, and his brother and sister in a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey. His father lives with his new wife in a ten-room house—and has no interest in Seth and his siblings. Seth is dying to escape from his mother’s craziness and suffocating love, her marriage to a man she’s known for two weeks, and his father’s cold disregard. Over the coming decades, he will become the keeper of his family’s memories and secrets—at the same time emotionally isolating himself from all those who love him, especially his mother. But Ruth is also Seth’s muse, and as he stumbles through life, dating a lesbian and marrying a shiksa, their bond can never really be broken . . . “Funny, honest and obsessive . . . Adam Schwartz is one part Philip Roth, but with a neurosis all his own.” —Gish Jen, author of World and Town “With exhilarating wit, skill and passion Adam Schwartz covers more than thirty years in Seth’s life as he fights with, negotiates, distances himself from and embraces his vivid, difficult relatives. A Stranger on the Planet brings us a hero who is almost heroically anti-heroic, and who can be counted on to almost always act, endearingly, in his own worst interests. I would happily have followed him anywhere.” —Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street

Lives of the Illustrious

In doubted whether Hortense was his the Bonaparte family , France has the child or that of a ... on sought for by her husband , was his mother's side .

Lives of the Illustrious





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The Monkey s Secret

Her sister, Lucy, my mother, married a doctor who will care for patients ... When my father is away on calls, Aunt Hortense steps in to oversee Maggy, Jing, ...

The Monkey s Secret

Author: Gennifer Choldenko

Publisher: Hot Key Books

ISBN: 147140353X

Page: 256

View: 347

A segregated town, a hidden boy, a courageous girl - and a mystery in desperate need of solving. San Francisco, 1900. Thirteen-year-old Lizzy Kennedy is not like the other girls in her town. She'd much rather be helping her doctor father with his patients than be stuck in frilly dresses and learn how to dance - but unfortunately for her, society (and her Aunt Hortense) has other ideas about what is 'proper' for a young lady. This includes not poking your nose in other's people's business - but then Jing, their beloved housekeeper, gets stuck in the Chinatown quarantine. Fear rules San Francisco - fear of the Chinese, and mostly fear of the plague rumours that circle them. Lizzie knows she has to help Jing, whatever the warnings. But what she doesn't expect to find is a strange boy hiding in Jing's room. The boy is called Noah. He says he's Jing's son - although Lizzie's never heard of him - and although he's escaped the quarantine, he can't risk leaving the house in case he gets rounded-up too. Lizzie wants to investigate, but it seems her questions only get people riled up. Is there really plague in San Francisco? What have the Chinese got to do with it? Just what or who is the mysterious 'monkey' - and what has his secret got to do with anything? Lizzie will have to use all of her courage, instinct and cleverness to unravel the mystery of the monkey's secret, save Jing, Noah and Chinatown - and maybe even her change her own destiny.

History of Hortense Daughter of Josephine Queen of Holland Mother of Napoleon III

With the Tuile- ries for her city residence, Malmaison for her rural retreat, Napoleon for her father, Josephine for her mother, Eugene for her brother ...

History of Hortense  Daughter of Josephine  Queen of Holland  Mother of Napoleon III

Author: John S. C. Abbott

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1605207675

Page: 382

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Abraham Lincoln raved that this series of historical biographies gave him "just that knowledge of past men and events which I need. I have read them with the greatest interest. To them I am indebted for about all the historical knowledge I have." Considered what we would now call "young adult" literature, this collection, first published between 1848 and 1871, was designed to present a clear, distinct, connected narrative of the lives of the great figures of world history, those people who have been most influential, at least as American pastor and historian JOHN STEVENS CABOT ABBOTT (1805-1877) saw it from his 19th-century perspective. Wildly popular and republished many times under different collected names, this replica set mimics the 1904 reprint known as the "Makers of History" series. It will delight students of history as well as show the scholar how history telling has changed over the last few centuries. More than 30 other volumes in the series are also available from Cosimo Classics. This volume, dating from 1870, covers Hortense Eugnie Ccile Bonaparte (1783-1837), wife of Louis Bonaparte and the mother of Napoleon III, including her royal family, her marriage, the sorrows of exile, and much more.