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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story
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'The scandalous Australian woman who enchanted British society

'Headstrong and beautiful, in 1905 Rosetta escaped her safe Melbourne life, deserting her respectable husband and five-year-old daughter to run away with Zeno the Magnificent, a half-Chinese fortune teller and seducer of souls.

'The pair reinvented themselves in London, where they beguiled European society and risked everything for a life of glamour and desire. Rosetta said she was American; Zeno claimed to be a brilliant Japanese professor. Together they attracted the patronage of famous writers, inventors and scientists, lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses. Empress Eugenie, the widow of Napoleon III, and Princess Charlotte, sister of Germany's last Kaiser, were among their greatest devotees.

'Rosetta revelled in a life few women of her time would have dared to embrace, yet all the while she hid her secret shame: the daughter she had left behind.

'This is the compelling story of Alexandra Joel's quest to uncover the truth about her scandalous great-grandmother, and the shocking century-old secret she would discover at the heart of her family.' (Publication summary)

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Works about this Work

What Big Fantasies You Had, Great-Grandma Thuy On , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
Review : Rosetta, A Scandalous True Story Joe Kensell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal , vol. 22 no. 4 2016; (p. 710-711)

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
Fluid and Fake Identities in Early Australia Mandy Sayer , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 July 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
'... With the publication of Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story, Rosetta Raphael joins the chorus of young colonial women who thrived as a consequence of identity alteration. Written by her great granddaughter, Alexandra Joel, this fictionalised biography begins in Melbourne in 1899, with the marriage between 18-year-old virgin Rosetta and her respectable older beau, Louis. ...'
Book Review – Rosetta, A Scandalous True Story by Alexandra Joanne Peulen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2016;

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
Book Review – Rosetta, A Scandalous True Story by Alexandra Joanne Peulen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2016;

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
Fluid and Fake Identities in Early Australia Mandy Sayer , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 July 2016; (p. 18)

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
'... With the publication of Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story, Rosetta Raphael joins the chorus of young colonial women who thrived as a consequence of identity alteration. Written by her great granddaughter, Alexandra Joel, this fictionalised biography begins in Melbourne in 1899, with the marriage between 18-year-old virgin Rosetta and her respectable older beau, Louis. ...'
Review : Rosetta, A Scandalous True Story Joe Kensell , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal , vol. 22 no. 4 2016; (p. 710-711)

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
What Big Fantasies You Had, Great-Grandma Thuy On , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of Rosetta : A Scandalous True Story Alexandra Joel , 2016 single work biography
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