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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571224296
ISBN-10: 0571224296
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2009
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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