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Bird Of Paradise Sarah Gristwood

Bird of Paradise By Sarah Gristwood

Bird Of Paradise by Sarah Gristwood


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Summary

Few women's lives have described such an arc as that of Mary Robinson. She began her career as an actress, became a royal mistress and blackmailer, and ended it just two decades later as a Romantic poet. This biography explores Georgian England during a period of extreme political, social and cultural upheaval through the life of this woman.

Bird Of Paradise Summary

Bird Of Paradise: The Colourful Career of the First Mrs Robinson by Sarah Gristwood

Few women's lives have described such an arc as that of Mary Robinson. She began her career as an actress, became a royal mistress and possible blackmailer, and ended it just two decades later as a Romantic poet and early feminist thinker of note. She was painted by Gainsborough and Reynolds, and satirized by political cartoonists. Born in Bristol in 1758, she married at 15. But Mary had barely made her curtsey to society before discovering that Robinson was little better than a conman. She went with him to debtors' prison, where she wrote her first book of verse. Encouraged by Sheridan and Garrick, who admired her beauty, she went on the stage, where she was seen by the 17-year-old Prince of Wales, and they embarked on a widely satirized liaison. Mary had made her mark in fashionable Georgian society and this, over the next two momentous decades, was where she contrived to stay. This vivid and accessible biography explores Georgian England during a period of extreme political, social and cultural upheaval through the life of this remarkable woman.

Bird Of Paradise Reviews

" 'Sarah Gristwood does a fine job of making us see that Mary Robinson matters not just as a victim of the celebrity-mad period but as an important player in British literature...[she] has written a wonderful biography' - Mail on Sunday. 'A fascinating and stimulating portrait' - Guardian. Well-written and sensitive...very readable' - Independent on Sunday"

About Sarah Gristwood

After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood worked as a journalist specializing in the arts and women's issues. She is a regular contributor to The Times, Guardian, Independent and the Evening Standard. Arbella, her biography of Arbella Stuart, was widely acclaimed and is available as a Bantam paperback. Her anthology of women's diaries through the ages will be published in paperback by Bantam Books in 2006.

Additional information

GOR000506128
9780553816174
0553816179
Bird Of Paradise: The Colourful Career of the First Mrs Robinson by Sarah Gristwood
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2007-07-02
560
N/A
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