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Alfred Habegger is professor emeritus of English at the University of Kansas, USA. His previous biographies are The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr. and the highly acclaimed My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson.

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"Thanks to Alfred Habegger's careful detective work in archives scattered across five continents, we find out, layer by layer, what lay behind Anna Leonowens's inventions, which she took much trouble to hide and deny."--B. J. Terwiel, author of "Thailand's Political History" This is surely one of the most thorough debunkings ever written of a historical figure. . . . Anna Leonowens defeated every social taboo facing a poor, uneducated, Eurasian girl in the patriarchal, hierarchical, class- and race-bound British Empire. She did this so triumphantly that no one nowadays knows anything other than the story she invented. . . . Habegger has revealed for us the reality . . . and has brought back to life a really remarkable woman. Asian Review of Books " Not just a book about Anna Leonowens; it is also more compellingly a history of why Americans so avidly took up her story. Wall Street Journal " Thanks to Alfred Habegger s careful detective work in archives scattered across five continents, we find out, layer by layer, what lay behind Anna Leonowens s inventions, which she took much trouble to hide and deny. B. J. Terwiel, author of Thailand s Political History" Alfred Habegger s Masked reveals the historical truth behind the legendary Anna Leonowens, the Welsh woman who would become the famous governess of the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the heyday of British imperialism. Habegger s more important story is his critical account of U.S. cultural imperialism, which turned Anna Leonowens Asian adventures into moral exempla for America s global expansion in the broadway musical and popular film, The King and I. With scrupulous and original scholarship, Habegger exposes the ugly imperialist meaning of one of our most cherished fantasies of the self-reliant Western woman. This book speaks powerfully to our contemporary moment. John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California " Alfred Habegger s "Masked" reveals the historical truth behind the legendary Anna Leonowens, the Welsh woman who would become the famous governess of the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the heyday of British imperialism. Habegger s more important story is his critical account of U.S. cultural imperialism, which turned Anna Leonowens Asian adventures into moral exempla for America s global expansion in the broadway musical and popular film, "The King and I." With scrupulous and original scholarship, Habegger exposes the ugly imperialist meaning of one of our most cherished fantasies of the self-reliant Western woman. This book speaks powerfully to our contemporary moment. John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California " "Not just a book about Anna Leonowens; it is also more compellingly a history of why Americans so avidly took up her story."--"Wall Street Journal " "Alfred Habegger's "Masked" reveals the historical truth behind the legendary Anna Leonowens, the Welsh woman who would become the famous governess of the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the heyday of British imperialism. Habegger's more important story is his critical account of U.S. cultural imperialism, which turned Anna Leonowens' Asian adventures into moral exempla for America's global expansion in the broadway musical and popular film, "The King and I." With scrupulous and original scholarship, Habegger exposes the ugly imperialist meaning of one of our most cherished fantasies of the self-reliant Western woman. This book speaks powerfully to our contemporary moment."--John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California ""Masked" reveals the historical truth behind the legendary Anna Leonowens, the woman who would become the famous teacher of the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the heyday of British imperialism."--John Carlos Rowe, University of Southern California

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