Joe Silmon: The Making, Breaking and Repair of a British Jazzman
Bloomington, IN (Vocus) September 9, 2010
Author Joe A A Silmon-Monerri brings the fascinating life of British aristocrat and soldier, Earl St. Maur, to light in his book, The Secret Life of the Earl St. Maur (1835-1869): Was He My Great-Grandfather? (published by Trafford Publishing).
At 31 years of age, Earl St. Maur found himself licking his wounds. A devastating war, the death of his brother and failed romances had taken their toll. Then one day, he met Rosina Elizabeth Swan, a 17-year-old maid. The two fell in love.
The affair raised eyebrows. There was much to gossip about: their difference in age, the even greater distance in their social status. But Earl St. Maur may have had a bigger secret in hiding. Had there been an earlier affair in Morocco, producing a son of mixed race? Such a boy spent several years in Earl St. Maur’s company, officially as his servant.
In her adult life, Earl St. Maur and Rosina’s illegitimate first-born, Ruth, a suffragist, recounted to George Bernard Shaw her parents’ romantic escapade to Morocco, thereby planting the seeds of the play Pygmalion (1913).
Silmon-Monerri, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K., reveals the secrets of the Earl St. Maur’s life and by doing so reveals his Moroccan-born grandfather’s.
An enthralling historical traipse through past lives, The Secret Life of the Earl St. Maur is an absorbing read that educates as much as it entertains.
About the Author
A tracing of Joe A A Silmon-Monerri’s family tree finds him to be the great-grandson of Earl St, Maur. Silmon-Monerri is an accomplished jazz musician. The autobiographical article, “Joe Silmon: The Making, Breaking and Repair of a British Jazzman,” appeared in Just Jazz Magazine, August 2005. This is his first book.
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