Princess Diana

Diana (princess of Wales)

Diana, princess of Wales, 1961–97, wife of Charles, prince of Wales, heir to the British throne. The daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, Lady Diana Frances Spencer was a kindergarten teacher in London before her 1981 marriage to Charles. They had two sons, the princes William (b. 1982) and Henry (b. 1984), but separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Diana and Charles were rivals for acceptance by the British public after their marriage unraveled spectacularly; her death in a Paris car crash in Aug., 1997, brought a huge outpouring of sentiment.

See biographies by A. Morton (1992), S. B. Smith (1999), and A. Edwards (2000).

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Princess Diana: Selected full-text books and articles

Diana's Mourning: A People's History By James Thomas University of Wales Press, 2002
Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture, and the Performance of Grief By Adrian Kear; Deborah Lynn Steinberg Routledge, 1999
Princesses of Wales By Deborah Fisher University of Wales Press, 2005
Librarian's tip: "Diana Spencer (1961-1997)" begins on p. 139
Dead Celebrities, Living Icons: Tragedy and Fame in the Age of the Multimedia Superstar By John David Ebert Praeger, 2010
Librarian's tip: Chap. 12 "Princess Diana’s Media Metamorphoses"
The Diana Aftermath By Sharkey, Jacqueline American Journalism Review, Vol. 19, No. 9, November 1997
Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip By Clare Birchall Berg, 2006
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Princess Diana begins on p. 44
Stars in Our Eyes: The Star Phenomenon in the Contemporary Era By Angela Ndalianis; Charlotte Henry Praeger, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "More Sign than Star: Diana, Death, and the Internet"
Princess Diana's Meanings for Women: Results of a Focus Group Study By Black, Elizabeth; Smith, Philip Journal of Sociology, Vol. 35, No. 3, November 1999
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