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Catherine the Great

Portrait of a Woman

By Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2011,
    656 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2012,
    672 pages.

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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

Robert K. Massie constructed his biography of Catherine the Great relying heavily on material from her memoirs (now published by Random House under the title The Memoirs of Catherine the Great), which provided him with rare, honest views of an eighteenth century royal's life.

The Memoir of Catherine the Great These memoirs make for rewarding reading in their own right and are vastly supplemented by the dramas, letters, journalism, and political theory that she published in her lifetime. Though they were originally written in French, her preferred language, they have since been translated into numerous languages and published throughout the world.

Catherine began writing her memoirs in her early teens and revised her work throughout her life, continually polishing the written accounts of her days - from her youth in Prussia, to the assassination of her husband Peter III, to her "long and eventful reign" over Russia from 1762-1796.

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