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Dancing to the Precipice

The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era

Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorehead
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“[A] remarkable biography….Moorehead deftly wields periods detail…to tell the story of a captivating woman who kept her sense of self amid the vicissitudes of politics.”


From acclaimed biographer Caroline Moorhead comes Dancing to the Precipice, a sweeping chronicle of the remarkable life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin—“an astute, thoroughly engaging biography of a formidable woman” (Boston Globe) who, over the span of some 80 years, was witness to, and often a participant in the major social upheavals of eighteenth-century French history.

HarperCollins; June 2009
496 pages; ISBN 9780061887529
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Title: Dancing to the Precipice
Author: Caroline Moorehead
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