Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life…
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 1:30PM
Dixon Education Building


Author: Deborah C. Pollack

Book: Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life of the Notorious Southern Beauty Marie Boozer

Marie Boozer (1846-1908) was a beautiful, brilliant, and notorious strawberry-blonde who established a remarkable life. Above all, she was human—complete with foibles and attributes beyond the stereotypical perception held by the public. “Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life of the Notorious Southern Beauty Marie Boozer” is her first full-length biography and reveals the true, redemptive story of a young belle from South Carolina who transformed into a scandalous divorcée in New York and London, a Paris courtesan defying police authority, and ultimately a countess and world citizen—while her half-sisters raised families in pioneer Florida.  Author, historian, and professor emeritus at Emory University, Bell Irvin Wiley deemed Marie Boozer “one of the four most famous southern women of the Civil War,” and popular historian Manly Wade Wellman wrote that she was the basis for the character of Scarlett O’Hara. Finally, Marie’s entire story is told.

Book signing will follow.

Author Bio: Deborah C. Pollack’s books includeVisual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South” (University of South Carolina Press), “Felix De Crano: Forgotten Artist of the Flagler Colony” (Lightner Museum), “Palm Beach Visual Arts” (Pelican Publishing Company), “Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy” (Blue Heron Press), and the award-winning “Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach, (Blue Heron Press with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County). Essays are included in Women Artists of the South (University of South Carolina Press and the Johnson Collection, 2018) and the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi and University of North Carolina Press). Her articles have appeared in the American Art Review, Tequesta (the scholarly journal of History Miami), Antiques and Art Around Florida, The Tustenegee (the Historical Society of Palm Beach County history magazine), and other periodicals. Her short stories and poems have been published in two editions of Healthy Stories (Miami Health Department) and she has also written a blog for the Smithsonian Institution.


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Reservations are not required.

Seating is limited to 75

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Featuring discussions with Florida authors, lectures are open to the public and will take place in the Dixon Education Building during the restoration of the King Library. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Florida Voices is generously supported by the Fred J. Brotherton Endowment for Literature of the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation.

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