The English Governess at the Siamese Court: The True Story Behind 'The King and I'

Anna Harriette Leonowens

Anna Leonowens' memoirs of her six years as a governess in the Royal Palace of Bangkok was the inspiration for the Broadway musical The King and I, as well as two award-winning films. First published in 1870, it is her story of a proper English governess who is hired by the King of Siam to tutor his many children. A delightful portrait of an unlikely friendship between two headstrong personalities, it is also a revealing peek at two very different cultures.

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