Anna And The King Of Siam

Paperback | November 3, 1999

byMargaret Landon

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Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. Stepping off the steamer from London, Anna found herself in an exotic land she could have only dreamed of lush landscape of mystic faiths and curious people, and king's palace bustling with royal pageantry, ancient custom, and harems. One of her pupils, the young prince Chulalongkorn, was particularly influenced by Leonowens and her Western ideals. He learned about Abraham Lincoln and the tenets of democracy from her, and years later he would become Siam's most progressive king. He guided the country's transformation from a feudal state to a modern society, abolshing slavery and making many other radical reforms.

Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, Margret Landon recreates an unforgettable portrait of life in a forgotten extotic land. Written more than fifty years ago, and translated into dozens of languages, Anna and the King of Siam (the inspiration for the magical play and film The King and I)continues to delight and enchant readers around the world.

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Thailand is a modern society with free thinking citizens. However, it was not always that way. Anna and the King of Siam is the true story of an English woman, Anna, who tutored the children of King Mongkut during the 19th century. One of her brightest students is a prince who becomes the king of Thailand. Throughout this touching stor...

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Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. Stepping off the steamer fro...

Margaret Landon first became interested in Anna Leonowens' story, when a friend recommended to her The English Governess at the Siamese Court which was published in 1870. Fascinated with the story and its potential, she contacted one of Anna's grandchildren, and in 1941 began to seriously research writing an updated (and vastly more en...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Thailand is a modern society with free thinking citizens. However, it was not always that way. Anna and the King of Siam is the true story of an English woman, Anna, who tutored the children of King Mongkut during the 19th century. One of her brightest students is a prince who becomes the king of Thailand. Throughout this touching story, Anna teaches the prince about Abraham Lincoln, democracy and other Western ideals. During his reign as king, he brings these Western values into Thailand, transforming an ancient society into a progressive one.  

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"An enchanting book. The author wears her scholarship with grace, and the amazing story she has to tell is recounted with humor and understanding. And what a story it is!" -- "Atlantic Monthly"An invitig escape into an unfamiliar, exotic past. Ms. Landon's is one calculated to transport us instantly."-- "New York Times