Perdita : Though she was one of the most flamboyant women of the late-eighteenth century, Mary Robinson's life was also scarred by reversals of fortune. After being abandoned by her merchant father, Mary was married, at age fifteen, to Thomas Robinson. His dissipated lifestyle landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison, where Mary wrote her first book of poetry and met lifelong friend Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. On her release, Mary quickly became one of the most popular actresses of the day, famously playing Perdita in The Winter's Tale for a rapt audience that included the Prince of Wales, who fell madly in love with her. She later used his copious love letters for blackmail. After being paralyzed, apparently following a miscarriage, she remade herself as a write. In this sparkling and authoritative biography, her remarkable life story is revealed.
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