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978-0-393-32753-3 / 0393327531

Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London

by Hitchcock, Susan Tyler

Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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"An informed and sympathetic portrait of a troubled mind and humble heart." Kirkus Reviews

After killing her mother with a carving knife, Mary Lamb spent the rest of her life in and out of madhouses; yet the crime and its aftermath opened up a new life. 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. 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. 32 illustrations

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