Rage To Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton by Mary S LovellRage To Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton by Mary S Lovell

Rage To Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton

byMary S Lovell

Paperback | July 27, 2000

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Their marriage was both improbable and inevitable. Isabel Arundell was a schoolgirl, the scion of England's most distinguished Catholic family. When she first saw him while walking at a seaside resort, Richard Burton had already made his mark as a linguist (he was fluent in twenty-nine languages), scholar, soldier, and explorer -- at once a symbol of Victorian England's vision of empire and an avowed rebel against its mores. When she turned and saw him staring after her, she decided that she would marry him.

By their next meeting, Burton had become the first infidel to infiltrate Mecca as one of the faithful, and, in an expedition to discover the source of the Nile, would soon be the first white man to see Lake Tanganyika.

After being married, the Burtons traveled and experienced the world, from diplomatic postings in Brazil and Africa to hair-raising adventures in the Syrian desert. In later life Richard courted further controversy as a self-proclaimed erotologist and the translator of The Kama Sutra.

Based on previously unavailable archives, Mary Lovell has written a compelling joint biography that sets Isabel in her proper place as Burton's equal in daring and endurance, a fascinating figure in her own right.

She is the author of acclaimed biographies of Richard & Isabel Burton, Amelia Earhart & Beryl Markham among others. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.
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Title:Rage To Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel BurtonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:944 pages, 9.25 × 6.15 × 1.45 inPublished:July 27, 2000Publisher:W W NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393320391

ISBN - 13:9780393320398

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From the very first time Isabel Arundell saw him, she knew Richard Burton would be her husband. But their union was controversial – she was the scion of England’s most distinguished Catholic family while he was much older, a linguist, scholar, soldier and explorer. Together, they traveled the world, from diplomatic postings in Brazil and Africa to frightening adventures in the Syria desert. Mary Lovell’s A Rage to Live: A Biography of Richard and Isabel Burton chronicles their lives together and sets Isabel on equal footing with her husband.