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Poetess, 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 Details

ISBN: 9780571224289
ISBN-10: 0571224288
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 144mm x 33mm)
Pages: 384
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 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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