RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 56880286 LA English T1 Perdita : the literary, theatrical, scandalous life of Mary Robinson A1 Byrne, Paula., PB Random House PP New York YR 2004 SN 1400061482 9781400061488 0812970799 9780812970791 AB One of the most flamboyant free spirits of the late eighteenth century, darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author, described by Samuel Taylor Coleridge as "a woman of undoubted genius," Mary Robinson led a life that was marked by reversals of fortune. Abandoned by her merchant father, Mary was married at 15. Her husband landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison, where she wrote her first book of poetry. On her release, she rose to become one of the London theater's most alluring actresses. The Prince of Wales fell madly in love with her, and she later used his love letters as blackmail. After being struck down by paralysis, apparently following a miscarriage, she remade herself yet again, this time as a popular writer admired by the leading intellectuals of the day.