Queen of the Wits

Norma Clarke
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ISBN 9780571224296 Format Paperback
Published 05/02/2009 Length 384 pages

About Book

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.
  • 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. Kathryn Hughes in the Daily Telegraph described Dr Johnson's Women as 'the best kind of popular history being produced at the moment: scholarly, fluent and supremely human.' She has published several novels for children, including Patrick and the Rotten Roman Rubbish. She lives in London.

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