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The impossible life of Mary Benson : the extraordinary story of a Victorian wife

Author: Rodney Bolt
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Books Ltd., 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The remarkable true story of the life of Mary Benson: wife of an archbishop, friend of Queen Victoria, mother of three unpermissably gifted childrenincluding E.F. Benson, and in love with dozens of womenSometimes touching and sometimes hilarious, this is the story of one lovable, brilliant woman and her trajectory through the often surprising opportunities and the remarkable limitations of a Victorian woman's life.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bolt, Rodney.
Impossible life of Mary Benson.
New York : Atlantic Books Ltd., 2012
Named Person: Mary Benson; Mary Benson
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Bolt
ISBN: 9780857895820 0857895826 9780857899057 0857899058
OCLC Number: 794664546
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Rodney Bolt.

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The remarkable true story of the life of Mary Benson: wife of an archbishop, friend of Queen Victoria, mother of three unpermissably gifted childrenincluding E.F. Benson, and in love with dozens of womenSometimes touching and sometimes hilarious, this is the story of one lovable, brilliant woman and her trajectory through the often surprising opportunities and the remarkable limitations of a Victorian woman's life. Young Minnie Sidgwick was just 12 years old when her cousin, 12-year-old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Edward went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and little Minnieas Mary Bensonto preside a social world that ranged from Tennyson, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde to foreign royalty and Queen Victoria herself. Yet Mrs. Benson's most intense relationships were not with her husband and his associates, but with other women. When the Archbishop died, Mary, or Ben to her intimates, turned down an offer from the Queen to live at Windsor, and set up home in a Jacobean manor house with her friend Lucy Tait. Drawing on the diaries and novels of the Bensons themselves, including E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels, as well as the writing of contemporary writers and poets, this book creates a very rich portrait of Mary Benson, her family, her close female friends, and their world.

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