Mistress of the Elgin Marbles by Susan Nagel
A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin

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The remarkable Mary Nisbet was the Countess of Elgin in Romantic-era Scotland and the wife of the seventh Earl of Elgin. When Mary accompanied her husband to diplomatic duty in Turkey, she changed history. She helped bring the smallpox vaccine to the Middle East, struck a seemingly impossible deal with Napoleon, and arranged the removal of famous marbles from the Parthenon. But all of her accomplishments would be overshadowed, however, by her scandalous divorce. Drawing from Mary's own letters, scholar Susan Nagel tells Mary's enthralling, inspiring, and suspenseful story in vibrant detail.


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Susan Nagel is the author of a critically acclaimed book on the novels of Jean Giraudoux. She has written for the stage, the screen, scholarly journals, the Gannett newspaper chain, and Town & Country. A professor in the humanities department of Marymount Manhattan College, she lives in New York City.
Published October 19, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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When uncovered by Elgin, the affair resulted in Mary losing custody of her children and Elgin losing his bankroll, devastating blows for each.

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Visitors admiring the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum may not know the story of their acquisition—or of the captivating woman who played a role in spiriting the friezes out of Athens.

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