Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington

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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 the 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 and intelligence - and her skilful use of scandal, most notably in her Memoirs - she ...

Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington 2009, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571224296

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Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington 2009, Faber & Faber, London, England

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