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The Resource La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris, Alina García-Lapuerta

La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris, Alina García-Lapuerta

Label
La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris
Title
La Belle Créole
Title remainder
the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris
Statement of responsibility
Alina García-Lapuerta
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The adventurous woman nicknamed La Belle Créole is brought to life in this book through the full use of her memoirs, contemporary accounts, and her intimate letters. The fascinating María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, also known as Mercedes, and later the Comtesse Merlin, was a Cuban-born aristocrat who was years ahead of her time as a writer, a socialite, a salon host, and a participant in the Cuban slavery debate. Raised in Cuba and shipped off to live with her socialite mother in Spain at the age of 13, Mercedes triumphed over the political chaos that blanketed Europe in the Napoleonic days, by charming aristocrats from all sides with her exotic beauty and singing voice. She married General Merlin in Napoleon's army and discussed painting with Francisco de Goya. In Paris she hosted the city's premier musical salon where Liszt, Rossini, and great divas of the day performed for Rothschilds, Balzac, and royalty. Celebrated as one of the greatest amateur sopranos of her day, Mercedes also achieved fame as a writer. Her memoirs and travel writings introduced European audiences to 19th-century Cuban society and contributed to the debate over slavery. Mercedes has recently been rediscovered as Cuba's earliest female author and one who deserves a place in the canon of Latin American literature
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
García-Lapuerta, Alina
Dewey number
  • 972.91/2405092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
DP202.M5
LC item number
G37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Merlin, María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo
  • Countesses
  • Countesses
  • Socialites
  • Socialites
  • Socialites
  • Women authors, Cuban
  • Slavery
  • Spain
  • Cuba
Label
La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris, Alina García-Lapuerta
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223107479090
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Family Tree -- Prologue -- Part I. Cuba -- Havana : A City of Sea and Light -- Mercedes and Mamita -- Joaquin -- Behind the Convent Walls -- Adios, Cuba -- Part II. Spain -- Madrid : Grandeur and Decay -- A Sense of Loss -- Treason, Hatred, Vengeance -- The Good Devils -- Adios, España -- Part III. France -- Starting Over -- The Rise of La Belle Créole -- Romancing the Past -- The Literary Socialite -- Part IV. Cuba, Spain, and France -- Daughter of Havana -- A Song for Havana -- Finale: Adagio Cantabile
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 309 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9781613745366
Lccn
2014018302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps, genealogical table
System control number
  • 882553456
  • (OCoLC)882553456
Label
La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris, Alina García-Lapuerta
Publication
Bar code
31223107479090
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Family Tree -- Prologue -- Part I. Cuba -- Havana : A City of Sea and Light -- Mercedes and Mamita -- Joaquin -- Behind the Convent Walls -- Adios, Cuba -- Part II. Spain -- Madrid : Grandeur and Decay -- A Sense of Loss -- Treason, Hatred, Vengeance -- The Good Devils -- Adios, España -- Part III. France -- Starting Over -- The Rise of La Belle Créole -- Romancing the Past -- The Literary Socialite -- Part IV. Cuba, Spain, and France -- Daughter of Havana -- A Song for Havana -- Finale: Adagio Cantabile
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 309 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates
Isbn
9781613745366
Lccn
2014018302
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps, genealogical table
System control number
  • 882553456
  • (OCoLC)882553456

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