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Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington
 
 
Author
Norma Clarke.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780571224296
Pages/Publication Date 364/2009
Daedalus Item Code 32684
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Poetess, fallen woman, and wit, Laetitia Pilkington spent her life as near to celebrity as she was to ruin, in this fascinating biography by the author of Dr. Johnson's Women and The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters. Pilkington was favored by such men as the newly famous Jonathan Swift in Ireland in the 1730s, where she collected stories and developed the brazen femininity that would be her only currency in London a decade later. Divorced by her husband after her adulteries were exposed, she led a self-sufficient if precarious life, yet through humor, intelligence and her skilful use of scandal, she survived on the very fringes of respectability.
 
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