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Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London

Susan Tyler Hitchcock.
Item #: D12799
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 350 / 2006
Publisher: Norton
ISBN: 9780393327533
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After killing her mother with a carving knife, Mary Lamb (1764-1847) 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. Including 32 illustrations, Susan Tyler Hitchcock's account of a nearly forgotten woman is a tapestry of insights into creativity and madness, and the redemptive power of the written word.

"Touching on the lunacy laws of the day, the plight of women, and the burgeoning children's publishing industry, Hitchcock vividly evokes the changing times the Lambs lived in. A vibrant literary biography."—Booklist


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