Perdita

Perdita

The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson

Book - 2004
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This compelling and richly researched book presents a fascinating portrait of Mary Robinson--darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author. Though one of the most flamboyant free spirits of the late eighteenth century, Mary led a life that was marked by reversals of fortune. After being abandoned by her father, Mary was married, at age fifteen, to Thomas Robinson, whose dissipation landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison. On her release, Mary rose to become one of the London theater's most alluring actresses, famously playing Perdita in The Winter's Tale for a rapt audience that included the Prince of Wales, who fell madly in love with her. Never one to pass up an opportunity, she later used his ardent love letters for blackmail. After being struck down by paralysis, apparently following a miscarriage, she remade herself yet again, this time as a popular writer who was also admired by the leading intellectuals of the day.
Filled with triumph and despair and grand accomplishments, the amazing life of "Perdita" is marvelously captured in this stunning biography.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780812970791
0812970799
9781400061488
1400061482
Branch Call Number: 792.028 R663b 2004
Characteristics: xviii, 445 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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