Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London
Susan Tyler HitchcockISBN: 0393057410; 9780393057416;
Book Description After the style of The Professor and the Madman , a dramatic story set against a backdrop of literary history. Mary Lamb?a dutiful daughter, well liked by just about everyone?killed her own mother with a knife. She spent the rest of her life in and out of madhouses, yet the crime and its aftermath opened up a life that no woman of her time or class could have expected. Free to read extensively, Lamb discovered her talent for writing. She and her brother, the essayist Charles Lamb, embarked on a literary collaboration that resulted in 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. Through a deep reading of history, letters, and literature, Susan Tyler Hitchcock brings to life an intriguing portrait of Lamb and her world. This narrative of a nearly forgotten woman becomes a tapestry of insights...