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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.

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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

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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.

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