Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Queen of the Wits by Norma Clarke

Prostitutes and poetess, fallen woman and society wit, Laetitia Pilkington spent her life as close to fame as she was near to ruin. Favoured by, among others, the celebrated Jonathan Swift, she was divorced by her husband after she was exposed as an adulteress. In London she survived through her humour and her intelligence - and her skilful use of scandal - on the very fringes of respectability.Norma Clarke's hugely rich and enjoyable biography is the story of celebrity, sex and literature in the early eighteenth-century. It tells the life of a woman who lived opposite the smartest club in London, but was imprisoned for debt. Above all, it brings to life a woman who embodied the scandal, energy and sadness of a time when literature, gossip and the lives they described were inseparable.

Buy Queen of the Wits by Norma Clarke from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780571224289
ISBN-10: 0571224288
Format: Hardback
(218mm x 142mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Queen of the Wits by Norma Clarke

Book Reviews - Queen of the Wits by Norma Clarke

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Queen of the Wits book by Norma Clarke and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Norma Clarke

Norma Clarke is Professor of English Literature at Kingston University. She is the author of Ambitious Heights, Dr Johnson's Women and The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters. She has published several novels for children, including Patrick and the Rotten Roman Rubbish. She lives in London.

Books By Norma Clarke

Brothers of the Quill by Norma Clarke
Hardback, April 2016
Queen of the Wits by Norma Clarke
Paperback, February 2009
Rise And Fall Of The Woman Of Letters by Norma Clarke
Paperback, May 2004
Trouble on the Day by Norma Clarke
Paperback, January 1996