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The Romanov Sisters

The Lost Lives Of The Daughters Of Nicholas And Alexandra

By Helen Rappaport

"Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." —People magazine

"The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters’ thoughtfulness and intelligence." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.

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2014

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9781250020208


Format: Book
Author: Rappaport, Helen
Summary: "They were the Princess Dianas of their day-- perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses-- Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov-- were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The Romanov sisters : the lost lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra / Helen Rappaport.
Publisher Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Subject: Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918 -- Assassination. Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918 -- Family -- Assassination. Romanov, House of -- History -- 20th century -- Sources. Princesses -- Russia -- Biography -- Sources. Sisters. HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Isbn: 9781250020208 (hardcover) 1250020204 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 8
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 13
Call Number: 947.08309 Rap
Oclc: 857982335
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Bib Id: 525829

Format: Book
Author: Rappaport, Helen, author.
Summary: "They were the Princess Dianas of their day-- perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses-- Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov-- were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The Romanov sisters : the lost lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra / Helen Rappaport.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Description: xviii, 492 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Subjects: Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918 -- Assassination.
Subjects: Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918 -- Family -- Assassination.
Subjects: Romanov, House of -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Subjects: Princesses -- Russia -- Biography -- Sources.
Subjects: Sisters.
Subjects: HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Other Title: Four sisters
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-467) and index.
Contents: The room of the first and last door -- Mother love -- La petite duchesse -- My God! "what a disappointment! ... a fourth girl! -- The hope of Russia -- The Big Pair and The Little Pair -- The Shtandart -- Our friend -- Royal cousins -- In St Petersburg we work, but at Livadia we live -- Cupid by the thrones -- The Little One will not die -- Lord send happiness to him, my beloved one -- God save the Tsar! -- Sisters of mercy -- We cannot drop our work in the hospitals -- The outside life -- Terrible things are going on in St Petersburg -- Good-bye. Don't forget me -- On Freedom Street -- Thank God we are still in Russia and all together -- They knew it was the end when I was with them -- Prisoners of the Ural Regional Soviet -- Victims of repression.
LCCN: 2014003159
ISBN: 9781250020208 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1250020204 (hardcover)
Requests: 8
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 13
Call Number: 947.08309 Rap