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The first lady of Fleet Street : the life of Rachel Beer : crusading heiress and newspaper pioneer

Author: Eilat Negev; Yehuda Koren
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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A panoramic portrait of a remarkable woman and the tumultuous Victorian era on which she made her mark, this book chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of Rachel Beer--indomitable heiress, social crusader, and newspaper pioneer. Rich with period detail and drawing on a wealth of original material, this never-before-told story recounts the ascent of two of London's most prominent Jewish immigrant families--the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rachel Beer; Rachel Beer
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eilat Negev; Yehuda Koren
ISBN: 9780553807431 0553807439
OCLC Number: 726620640
Description: x, 349 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Portraits and personalities --
Flight from Baghdad --
Opium and further expansion --
Their dual identity --
Gaining a foothold --
Candidly and constantly --
Fatherless --
A court Jew --
A German in London --
A girdle round the earth --
170 Strand --
Five funerals --
The marriage market --
A newspaper heir --
Rien sans peine --
A newspaper of her own --
46 Fleet Street --
A new woman --
Rivals --
Double burden --
All of Paris in a fever --
An encounter in London --
Hoisting the flag at Pretoria --
And the tears in her eyes grew large on their ledge --
Breakdown --
After the storm --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren.

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A panoramic portrait of a remarkable woman and the tumultuous Victorian era on which she made her mark, this book chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of Rachel Beer--indomitable heiress, social crusader, and newspaper pioneer. Rich with period detail and drawing on a wealth of original material, this never-before-told story recounts the ascent of two of London's most prominent Jewish immigrant families--the Sassoons and the Beers. Born into one, Rachel married into the other, wedding newspaper proprietor Frederick Beer, the sole heir to his father's enormous fortune. Though she and Frederick became leading London socialites, Rachel was ambitious and unwilling to settle for an idle life. She used her husband's platform to assume the editorship of not one but two venerable Sunday newspapers--the Sunday Times and The Observer--a stunning accomplishment at a time when women were denied the vote and allowed little access to education. Rachel Beer remains a pivotal figure in the annals of journalism--and the long march toward equality between the sexes.--From publisher description.

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