Friday, April 11, 2008

What is Susan Nagel reading?

The latest featured contributor to Writers Read: Susan Nagel, author of Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter; Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin; and The Influences of the Novels of Jean Giraudoux on the Hispanic Vanguard Novels of the 1920s-1930s.

Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, wrote of Nagel's Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: "If there is a more fascinating or unbelievable life than the one led by Marie-Therese Charlotte, Marie Antoinette's sole surviving child, I certainly am not familiar with it. In this lively, gripping new biography, Susan Nagel recounts Marie-Therese-Charlotte's roller-coaster itinerary from a revolutionary prison, where she spent three years of her girlhood, to the throne of Restoration France, where she reigned for a mere twenty minutes. Royal orphan and republican bete noire, the subject of fervent monarchist adoration and the object of obsessive conspiracy theories, this princess emerges in Nagel's telling as one of the nineteenth century's most captivating heroines. A must-read for lovers of French history and royal biography alike."

See what Susan Nagel has been reading.

Learn more about Susan Nagel and her work at her blog and at her Marie Antoinette's Daughter blog.

The Page 99 Test: Mistress of the Elgin Marbles.

Writers Read: Susan Nagel.

--Marshal Zeringue