Queen of the Wits
A Life of Laetitia Pilkington
By (author) Norma Clarke
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Queen of the Wits by Norma Clarke
Book DescriptionPoetess, fallen woman and wit, Laetitia Pilkington spent her life as close to fame as she was near to ruin. Favoured by, among others, the newly celebrated Jonathan Swift in Ireland in the 1730s, she collected the stories and developed the brazen femininity that would be her only currency in London a decade later. Divorced by her husband after she was exposed as an adulteress, she led a life of precarious self-sufficiency. Through humour and intelligence - and her skilful use of scandal, most notably in her Memoirs - she survived on the very fringes of respectability. Norma Clarke's hugely rich and enjoyable biography tells of a woman determined to be known as a writer on equal terms with men - in spite of Swift's dismissal of her as 'the most profligate whore in either kingdom'. It brings to life a remarkable character, who embodied the scandal, energy and sadness of a time when literature, gossip and the lives they described were inseparable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571224289
(223mm x 144mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Norma Clarke
Brothers of the Quill, Hardback (April 2016)
Oliver Goldsmith arrived in England a penniless Irishman and toiled for years in the anonymity of Grub Street. Norma Clarke tells how this destitute scribbler became one of literary London's most celebrated authors, transmuting dark truths about the empire into fable and nostalgia whose undertow of Irish indignation remains just barely perceptible.
Queen of the Wits, Paperback (February 2009)
Poetess, fallen woman and wit, Laetitia Pilkington spent her life as close to fame as she was near to ruin. Divorced by her husband after she was exposed as an adulteress, she led a life of precarious self-sufficiency. This biography tells of a woman determined to be known as a writer on equal terms with men.
Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters, Paperback (May 2004)
If Aphra Benn is widely regarded as the first important woman writer in English, who was the second? In literary history, the eighteenth century belongs to men: Pope and Swift, Richardson and Fielding. Asked to name a woman, even the specialist stumbles. Jane Austen? She didn't publish until 1811. Aphra Benn herself?
Doctor's Daughter, Hardback (May 1996)» View all books by Norma Clarke
Each book in this series tells what it was like to live at a different time in history. Matty is a Victorian girl who has to leave her home to go to school in London. She has to travel on one of the new trains that can go at 15 miles an hour. Maybe she can have a future, even though she is a girl.
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Author Biography - Norma Clarke
Norma Clarke is the author of Dr Johnson's Women, described by Kathryn Hughes in the Daily Telegraph as 'subtle and engaging... represents the best kind of popular history being produced at the moment: scholarly, fluent and supremely human'.
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