Anna Leonowens Writer

Anna Leonowens (26 November 1831 – 19 January 1915) was an English travel writer, educator, and social activist. She worked in Siam from 1862 to 1868, where she taught the wives and children of Mongkut, king of Siam. She also co-founded the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Leonowens's experiences in Siam were fictionalised in Margaret Landon's 1944 bestselling novel Anna and the King of Siam and in various films and television miniseries based on the book, most notably Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical The King and I. Anna Leonowens was born Anna Harriette Edwards in Ahmadnagar, India on 5 November 1831. She was the second daughter of Sergeant Thomas Edwards of the Sappers and Miners, a former London cabinetmaker, and his Anglo-Indian wife, Mary Anne Glasscott, daughter of a lieutenant in the Bombay Army. For most of her adult life, Anna Edwards was estranged from her family and took pains to disguise her modest origins by writing that she had been born a Crawford in Caernarfon and giving her father's rank as captain. By doing so, she protected not only herself but her children, who would have had greater opportunities if their mixed-race heritage remained unknown.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 26th, 1831
Place of birth
United Kingdom
Date of death
January 19th, 1915 at age of 83
Place of death
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Places lived
Manhattan , New York
pop. 1,626,159 (2013)
Montreal , Canada
pop. 1,649,519 (2011)



Organizations founded

1. NSCAD University


Date funded


Official web page

Lidership history

David B. Smith
- President


5163 Duke Street, B3J 3J6 - Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia


Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

Wikiedia article

NSCAD University, also known as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, is a post-secondary art school located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During the 1970s NSCAD was hailed as a cutting edge art school, which emphasized artistic innovation, and political art. Currently the university is forging relationships with galleries, museums and other cultural institutions in Canada and around the world.

As movie subject

Title Year Other subjects Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers External resources
The King and I
1956 9

Written work

1.The English governess at the Siamese court

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1870. at Boston
1980. by Folio Society at London (234 pages)

2.The romance of Siamese harem life

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1873. at Boston
Social life and customs

3.Life and travel in India

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1884. at Philadelphia (325 pages)

4.The romance of the harem

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1991. by University of Virginia Press at Charlottesville (285 pages)


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