Perdita : the literary, theatrical, scandalous life of Mary Robinson

by Byrne, Paula.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Biography 92 ROBINSON Mary
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  92 ROBINSON Mary
 
 
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DA538.A35 B97 2004
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  DA538.A35 B97 2004
 
 
Summary
This Thoroughly Engaging and richly researched book presents a compelling portrait of Mary Robinson-darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author, described by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as "a woman of undoubted genius." One of the most flamboyant free spirits of the late eighteenth century, Mary Robinson led a life that was marked by reversals of fortune. After being abandoned by her merchant father, who left England to establish a fishery among the Canadian Eskimos, Mary was married, at age fifteen, to Thomas Robinson. His dissipation landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison, where Mary wrote her first book of poetry, gaining her the patronage of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. On her release, Mary rose to become one of the London theater's most alluring actresses, famously playing Perdita in The Winter's Tale for a rapt audience that included the Prince of Wales, who fell madly in love with her. Never one to pass up an opportunity, she later used his ardent and numerous love letters as blackmail. After being struck down by paralysis, apparently following a miscarriage, she remade herself yet again, this time as a popular writer who was also admired by the leading intellectuals of the day. Filled with triumph and despair, and then triumph again, the amazing, multifaceted life of "Perdita" is marvelously captured in this stunning debut biography. Book jacket.
Additional Information
Subjects Robinson, Mary, -- 1758-1800.
George -- IV, -- King of Great Britain, -- 1762-1830 -- Relations with women.
Authors, English -- 18th century -- Biography.
Mistresses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Actors -- Great Britain -- Biography.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.
Publisher New York :Random House,2004
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Other Titles Literary, theatrical, scandalous life of Mary Robinson
Language English
Description xviii, 445 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [425]-432) and index.
ISBN 1400061482
0812970799 (pbk.)
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