Betsy Prioleau
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Betsy Prioleau

Betsy Prioleau is a cultural historian and the author of the Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age (Abrams Press, March 29, 2022), a biography of scandalous publisher, Mrs. Frank Leslie. Her other books include Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them (W. W. Norton, 2013), Circle of Eros (Duke University Press) and Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love (Penguin/Viking). She has a Ph.D. in literature from Duke University, was an associate professor at Manhattan College, and taught cultural history at New York University. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina and New York City. Visit her website at www.BetsyPrioleau.com. "Prioleau brings enjoyable gusto to this biography of Mrs. Frank Leslie. Her story sparkles, as intoxicating as a champagne fountain that someone else is paying for." New York Times Editors' Choice "Part of the pleasure of her book is the Kim Kardasian factor--reading about a woman who breaches social norms and succeeds on her terms." Wall Street Journal Noteworthy Book. "Betsy Prioleau restores this fabulous, pioneering woman to her rightful place in history with novelistic flare and zest." Ariannna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global. "An extraordinary life, well told. The sparkling tale of the "Empress of Journalism." Sunday Telegraph "They just don't make characters like this anymore. Kudos to Prioleau for her gallant historical rescue mission." Kirkus Reviews. High praise to Prioleau for so vividly and incisively telling the whole dramatic story of this 'titanic vanguard figure.'" Booklist (starred review) "This entertaining biography restores a remarkable woman to her rightful place in American history." Publishers Weekly "Swoon doesn't conform to the dreary do-gooding of the worst of self-help literature. Instead, Prioleau offers a romp through centuries of amorous liaisons and seduction techniques ... if you are willing to be seduced into some entertaining badinage, it is worth a read." For the full text, go to: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/books/non_fiction/article1365656.ece An excerpt from a review of "Swoon," June 14, 2014 in the Irish Times: "This is a deliciously sexy, erudite read that may help (if it's not too late for some of us) reveal the elusive qualities of the world's great seducers." for the full text, go to: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/swoon-great-seducers-and-why-women-love-them-by-betsy-prioleau-1.1828344
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