- Title: Improper Pursuits: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beauclerk
- Author: Carola Hicks
- Released: 2002-05-10
- Pages: 400
- ISBN: 0330488015
- ISBN13: 978-0330488013
- ASIN: 0330488015
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From Library Journal Hicks is an art historian at Cambridge University whose earlier works focus on church architecture, stained glass, and medieval art motifs. For her first biography, she quite naturally turns her attention to an 18th-century artist who shares direct lineage and a name with the late Lady Diana Spencer. Like Lady Di, the former Lady Diana, born in 1735, was something of a truant. She divorced her husband, gave birth to an illegitimate child, and then married her lover. She was also an artist and was discussed in letters by her friend Horace Walpole. This book is perfectly well researched, as one would expect from such a fine historian, but it is also slightly dense and academic. Unfortunately for Hicks, the personal names in the Spencer line repeat themselves, as do those of their social milieu; this becomes infuriatingly convoluted to the uninitiated. Further, one has to wonder whether writing a biography of the earlier Lady Diana Spencer is not just a matter of "cashing in." This book will have limited popular appeal, perhaps only to devotees of British aristocracy and their more colorful rascals. Gail Benjafield, St. Catharines P.L., Ont.
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