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The Resource The Pearl : a true tale of forbidden love in Catherine the Great's Russia, Douglas Smith

The Pearl : a true tale of forbidden love in Catherine the Great's Russia, Douglas Smith

Label
The Pearl : a true tale of forbidden love in Catherine the Great's Russia
Title
The Pearl
Title remainder
a true tale of forbidden love in Catherine the Great's Russia
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Smith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Filled with a remarkable cast of characters and set against the backdrop of imperial Russia, this tale of forbidden romance could be the stuff of a great historical novel. But in fact The Pearl tells a true tale, reconstructed in part from archival documents that have lain untouched for centuries. Douglas Smith presents the most complete and accurate account ever written of the illicit love between Count Nicholas Sheremetev (1751-1809), Russia's richest aristocrat, and Praskovia Kovalyova (1768-1803), his serf and the greatest opera diva of her time. Blessed with a beautiful voice, Praskovia began her training in Nicholas's operatic company as a young girl. Like all the members of Nicholas's troupe, Praskovia was one of his own serfs. But unlike the others, she utterly captured her master's heart. The book reconstructs Praskovia's stage career as "The Pearl" and the heartbreaking details of her romance with Nicholas-years of torment before their secret marriage, the outrage of the aristocracy when news of the marriage emerged, Praskovia's death only days after delivering a son, and the unyielding despair that followed Nicholas to the end of his life. Written with grace and style, The Pearl sheds light on the world of the Russian aristocracy, music history, and Russian attitudes toward serfdom. But above all, the book tells a haunting story of love against all odds
Member of
Action
digitized
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Douglas
Dewey number
  • 782.1092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
ML420.K875
LC item number
S65 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kovaleva-Zhemchugova, P. I.
  • Sheremetev family
  • Singers
  • Opera
  • Kovaleva-Zhemchugova, P. I.
  • Sheremetev family
  • Žemčugova, Praskov·ja I
  • Šeremetev, Nikolaj P
  • HISTORY
  • Opera
  • Singers
  • Russia
  • Zangers
  • Rusland
Label
The Pearl : a true tale of forbidden love in Catherine the Great's Russia, Douglas Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Family Trees
  • xv
  • I
  • Kuskovo
  • II
  • Ostankino
  • III
  • The Fountain House
Control code
679314525
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282352377
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.12987/9780300150551
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 235237
  • 22573/ctt113wxk
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)679314525
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The Pearl : a true tale of forbidden love in Catherine the Great's Russia, Douglas Smith
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Family Trees
  • xv
  • I
  • Kuskovo
  • II
  • Ostankino
  • III
  • The Fountain House
Control code
679314525
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 328 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282352377
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.12987/9780300150551
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 235237
  • 22573/ctt113wxk
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)679314525
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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