Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Nelson Thornes Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • 14ill.
  • 0195002261
  • 9780195002263

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A new biography of a fascinating 18th figure is also based on new material- so that many of the unknowns- particularly the enigma of Lady Mary's long expatriation in Italy- are filled in for the first time. A woman of great energy and individuality, a propagandist for inoculation against the ??discase she always feared which later was to mar her beauty, a patroness of writers of greater and lesser abilities, and an effortless conversational and literary talent in her own right, Lady Mary's full and many-faceted life has attracted other biographers, most recently (1949) Lewis Gibbs whose Admirable Lady Mary is both less exact and less exhaustive than Mr. Halsband's. Over and above her accomplishments, there are many romantic phases in her life; her elopement with Wortley, a rather dour figure who proved to be an unresponsive husband; her years with him at the Turkish Embassy; her friendship with Pope which, when withdrawn, ended in the scandal of his vicious vilification; and finally at fifty, her attraction to the faithless Italian, Algarotti, which prompted her exile abroad for the last years which brought not only no fulfillment, but also ill health, her son's follies and failures, until she dragged her "ragged remnant of life" back to England.... Carefully detailed and documented, this is a substantial rather than spirited portrait, and the price may mitigate against its accessibility to a general audience. (Kirkus Reviews)show more