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Queen of the Wits By Norma Clarke

Queen of the Wits
by Norma Clarke

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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 stories and developed the brazen femininity that would be her only currency in London a decade later.
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Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington by Norma Clarke

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 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, intelligence and her skilful use of scandal, she survived on the very fringes of respectability.

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About 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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GOR010517308
Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington by Norma Clarke
Norma Clarke
Used - Like New
Paperback
Faber & Faber
2009-02-01
384
0571224296
9780571224296
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.