RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 56413868 LA English T1 Mad Mary Lamb : lunacy and murder in literary London A1 Hitchcock, Susan Tyler., PB W.W. Norton PP New York YR 2005 SN 0393057410 9780393057416 AB Mary Lamb--a dutiful daughter, well liked by just about everyone--killed her own mother with a carving knife. She spent the rest of her life in and out of madhouses, yet the crime and its aftermath opened up a new life that no woman of her time or class could have expected. Freed to read extensively, she discovered her talent for writing and, with her brother, the essayist Charles Lamb, collaborated on the famous Tales from Shakespeare. Confidante to many of Britain's romantics, including Coleridge, Godwin and Wordsworth, Mary Lamb stood at the vibrant center of a colorful literary circle. This narrative of a nearly forgotten woman is a tapestry of insights into creativity and madness, the changing lives of women, and the redemptive power of the written word.--From publisher description.