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Mad Mary Lamb : lunacy and murder in literary London

Author: Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Mary Lamb; Charles Lamb; Mary Lamb; Charles Lamb; Mary Lamb; Charles Lamb; Mary Lamb
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Tyler Hitchcock
ISBN: 0393057410 9780393057416
OCLC Number: 56413868
Description: 333 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The dreadful scene imagined --
The only daughter --
Their verdict: lunacy --
In the madhouse --
Reading, writing, and mantua making --
Charles alone --
Double singleness --
The circle forms --
Children's books --
Tales from Shakespeare --
Schoolgirl tales --
Poetry for children --
The politics of needlework --
Elia appears --
Her twilight of consciousness.
Responsibility: Susan Tyler Hitchcock.
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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.

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