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The English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok by Anna Harriette Leonowens. The real Anna's first book about her experiences in the royal court of Siam. Finally back in print!
The Romance of the Harem by Anna Leonowens, edited by Susan Morgan. A second book by the real governess from "The King and I."
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, illustrated by Margaret Ayer. The fascinating 1944 novel on which Anna and the King was based, adapted from the memoirs of the real Anna Leonowens, a 19th century Englishwoman who served as governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam.
Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of the King and I Governess by Susan Morgan. Biography of Anna Leonowens, the Victorian governess who was the only foreigner to spend significant time inside the royal harem of Siam (Thailand).
The Story of Anna and the King by Cecelia Holland examines both the history of the real Anna and King Mongkut and the making of the 1999 Jodie Foster film. Includes color photos.
Anna Leonowens: A Life Beyond 'The King and I' by Leslie Smith Dow. A biography of Anna Leonowens. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences and may not work in other regions.
Anna and the King: The Real Story of Anna Leonowens. Documentary about the real Anna from A&E's "Biography" series. Sometimes available at Amazon.com
The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Magical 1956 musical based on the story of Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut. Not to be missed.
Anna and the King. The very popular movie starring Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow. Although not very true to history or even to Margaret Landon's novel, this is an entertaining romantic spectacle.
Anna and the King of Siam. Excellent 1946 movie starring Rex Harrison as King Mongkut and Irene Dunn as the resourceful Anna.