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AMELIA PEABODY'S EGYPT: A Compendium

Elizabeth Peters, Editor, Kristen Whitbread, Editor, Dennis C. Forbes, Designed by
Elizabeth Peters, Editor, Kristen Whitbread, Editor, Dennis C. Forbes, Designed by . Morrow $29.95 (334p) ISBN 978-0-06-053811-8
Reviewed on: 10/06/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
Hardcover - 336 pages - 978-1-84119-940-5
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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. (On sale Oct. 21)

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