Mad Mary Lamb : lunacy and murder in literary London
|Format:||Print Book 2005|
|Availability:||Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies|
After killing her mother with a carving knife, Mary Lamb spent the rest of her life in and out of madhouses; yet the crime and its aftermath opened up a new life. Freed to read extensively, she discovered her talent for writing and, with her brother, the essayist Charles Lamb, collaborated on the famous Tales from Shakespeare. This narrative of a nearly forgotten woman is a tapestry of insights into creativity and madness, the changing lives of women, and the redemptive power of the written word.
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Lamb, Charles, -- 1775-1834 -- Family.
Literature and mental illness -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Women and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Authorship -- Collaboration -- History -- 19th century.
Mentally ill women -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Authors, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
Murderers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
|Publisher|| New York :W.W. Norton,2005
333 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-312) and index.