list of illustrations preface acknowledgments 1. Introduction: A Life of Passing 2. Ancestors: A Methodist, a Soldier, and a "Lady Not Entirely White" 3. A Company Childhood 4. Daughter of the Deccan 5. Love and Bombay, at Last 6. Metamorphosis: "A Life Sublimated above the Ordinary" 7. A Teacher and a King 8. A Job in a Palace 9. "The Noble and Devoted Women Whom I Learned to Know, to Esteem, and to Love" 10. Settled in Bangkok 11. The Paths to Good-bye 12. An American Writer 13. The Canadian Grande Dame 186 14. "Shall We Dance": Anna and U.S.-Thai Relations 207 appendix one: the magnificent charter: how the british got to india appendix two: the women of british india select bibliography index
Susan Morgan, Distinguished Professor of English at Miami University, is the author of Place Matters: Gendered Geography in Victorian Women's Travel Writings about Southeast Asia, among other books.
"A lively incarnation of Anna, one that gives the character of the musical and movies full humanity in historical context."--Philadelphia Inquirer "Morgan paints a satisfying, multifaceted portrait. Engrossing retelling of an extraordinary life, correcting many popular misconceptions."--Kirkus Reviews "This informed and entertaining biography reveals Leonowens as an intriguing and complex woman, whose interests ranged far beyond young lovers and whistling happy tunes."--Foreword "A fascinating, scholarly work."--Library Journal "Pick up Bombay Anna and be prepared to find an inspiring story of an incredible woman."--Feminist Review