An exciting biography of a neglected woman author
This is an exciting book, that sheds a completely new light on its subject. Elizabeth Craven is usually considered a very minor writer, but the poems and newly-discovered texts included in the book demonstrate that she was really talented and wrote a lot more than is generally known. She was an outspoken feminist, a clever and funny playwright, who travelled all over the world and lived a highly unconventional life that included a lot of scandalous love-affairs. The affair with Beckford sheds a new light on him too. She was closely connected with Walpole, Sheridan, Charles James Fox, Sir William Hamilton, the Duchess of Devonshire, Anne Damer etc. The book is solid, well-researched, and well written. Recommended for anyone who has an interest in women writers, early feminism or eighteenth-century history.