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"Rezanov" by Gertrude Atherton is a fascinating historical novel that explores the life of Nikolai Rezanov, a Russian diplomat who played a significant role in the colonization of Alaska and California. Atherton deftly weaves together fact and fiction to create a vivid portrait of Rezanov's complex character, his political ambitions, and his doomed love affair with the young Conchita Argüello. The author's meticulous research is evident in the detailed descriptions of the settings and customs of the early 19th century, providing readers with a rich and immersive reading experience. Atherton's prose is elegant and engaging, drawing the reader into a world of political intrigue, cultural clashes, and personal desires. Overall, "Rezanov" is a compelling and well-crafted novel that sheds light on a lesser-known figure in history and brings to life a pivotal period in the expansion of the Russian Empire.

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This novel by the prolific Californian author Gertrude Horn Atherton is based on the real life story of Nikolai Rezanov, a man who, in 1806, pushed for the Russian colonization of Alaska and California. "Not twenty pages have you turned before you know this Rezanov, privy councilor, grand chamberlain, plenipotentiary of the Russo-American company, imperial inspector of the extreme eastern and northwestern dominions of his imperial majesty Alexander the First, emperor of Russia—all this and more, a man." Twenty-one years later, Atherton penned the biography "Rezánov and Doña Concha" on the centennial of a famed romance between the statesman and a Spanish girl, who became a nun after his death.

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