Anna Leonowens: A Life Beyond 'The King and I'
by Leslie Smith Dow
Anna Leonowens was famous for tutoring the children and wives of King Maha Mongkut (Rama IV) of Siam (now Thailand). Yet she disguised her lowly birth in India and pretended to be an English Governess. In her spare time, she travelled alone to Russia and wrote several books, including the fabulous bestseller, The English Governess at the Siamese Court, which astonished the world.