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By Helen Rappaport

As she did in her severely acclaimed The final Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary think to the tale of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband - a narrative that all started as fairy story and led to tragedy.

After the premature loss of life of Prince Albert, the queen and her state have been plunged right into a country of grief so profound that this one occasion could dramatically regulate the form of the British monarchy. For Britain had not only misplaced a prince: in the course of his twenty yr marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had more and more played the functionality of King in all yet identify. The outpouring of grief after Albert's dying used to be so severe, that its like wouldn't be noticeable back till the dying of Princess Diana 136 years later.

Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal data and different overlooked resources, in addition to the newspapers of the day, Rappaport bargains a brand new viewpoint in this compelling ancient psychodrama--the the most important ultimate months of the prince's lifestyles and the 1st lengthy, darkish ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She attracts a portrait of a queen enthusiastic about her residing husband and - after his dying - together with his enduring position in background. Magnificent Obsession also will throw new mild at the actual nature of the prince's persistent actual , overturning for solid the 150-year previous fable that he died of typhoid fever.

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Strange as it seems in these days of maximum exposure, in 1933 very few beaches east of California permitted even the male torso to be bared, so that when I appeared topless in my brand new swimming trunks I was greeted by censorious stares and a few incredulous gasps. I enjoyed it, of course, though Lois tried to convince me that the elders had called an emergency meeting with a view to ejecting me from the assembly grounds. We had been there just a few days when a letter came from John, who was now back in New York: I'm darn sorry you're not to be in town....

But my adrenalin and, doubtless, other hormonal secretions were really flowing now, and not quite believing my own audacity, I danced with one good-looking girl after another, transported by the sway of the music, the feel of warm female bodies close to mineeach so surprisingly different from the one beforeand a sense of taking part in a kind of tribal ritual that might lead us all to sacred blessedness. The only thing bothering me was that a couple of times the gift I had in my arms moved in with such nether intimacy that I quickly got an erection.

Sure enough, John was presently whirling around with the blonde, maneuvering her in my direction and looking at me over her shoulder with an encouraging grin. I stepped out, tapped his shoulder, and a minute later was showing the blonde everything I knew about the fox trot, which didn't take long. To my great pleasure, she followed me easily and seemed to enjoy it. Hallelujah! I even managed to talk to her without losing track of the rhythm, and we had just exchanged names and minimal vital information when I felt a tap on my shoulder and had to relinquish her to Page 14 somebody else.

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