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The Colourful Career of the First Mrs Robinson

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

Author Biography

After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood worked as a journalist specializing in the arts and women's issues. She was a regular contributor to The Times, Guardian, Independent and Evening Standard. Arbella, her historical biography of Arbella Stuart, was widely acclaimed on publication and is also available from Bantam Books.
Release date NZ
July 2nd, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
16pp colour photos
Imprint
Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Pages
560
Dimensions
130x199x38
ISBN-13
9780553816174
Product ID
1673957

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