Monsieur d’Eon Is a Woman

a tale of political intrigue and sexual masquerade
by Kates, Gary

Published 2001

“The Chevalier Charles-Geneviève-Louise-Auguste-André-Thimothée d’Eon, after a distinguished career as a soldier, diplomat, and secret agent for the Government of King Louis XV of France, told the world that he was a woman who had disguised herself as a man. But d’Eon was lying. In fact he was a man pretending to be a woman who was now admitting to be a man. Why he did that and what happened to him as a result are the main dishes on Mr. Kates’s rich banquet table.” — Richard Bernstein, New York Times, reviewing Monsieur d’Eon Is a Woman by Gary Kates

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