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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 31. März 1999

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (née Pierrepont) was an early-18th-century feminist, poet, and wit. Disinherited from her wealthy family when she refused to marry the man her father chose for her ("Hell"), she instead eloped, not with a passionately adored lover ("Paradise") but with Edward Wortley Montagu--a rational choice, as she saw it ("Limbo"). Among her more important achievements was her role as a fervent champion of the smallpox inoculation. When she accompanied her husband to Turkey after he became British ambassador there, Lady Mary was able to witness firsthand the positive effects of the drug. While in Turkey, she gained privileged and unprecedented access to Turkish high society, despite the fact that her smallpox campaigning there earned her equal portions of adulation and vilification. Indeed, as Isobel Grundy writes: "She was different, she was unique, she provoked delight or disgust, nothing in between."

This 600-plus-page biography provides a detailed, frequently entertaining analysis of Lady Mary's extant texts: poems, correspondence, fiction, other prose, and an up-close reading of her family life, travels, and travails. Because of the sheer volume of information Grundy covers, the book can at times feel a bit dense. It may appeal more to specialist readers who are interested in deepening their learning about the vibrant lady and her experience of the 18th century, rather than to the general biography hound.--Lisa Gee,


Its detail ... is truly prodigious ... It deserves to be praised to the skies. Mark Bostridge, The Independent on Sunday, 09/05/99. quite simply, the most interesting biography of a woman I have read for years; it is also a marvellously rich account of an exuberant period Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times, 11.4.99 Isobel Grundy has turned a potential weakness into a strength by a triumphant combination of historical precision with imaginative tact. This is an indispensible, unputdownable account for anyone interested in a character who stood out in her own and later generations. Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph, Sat 01/05/99 a book of the year Christopher Hawtree, Words column, The Independent, 06/05/99.

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Excellant Biography Of An Exceptional Lady 17. Oktober 2013
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Isobel Grundy knows more about Lady Mary Wortley Montagu than any other living person. Lady Montagu(1689-1762) was one of the leading lights of her time- but was not reconized as such until well after her death. At the time of her death she was known mostly for her letters, and known only by a few people for these. Truth is, her letters should be considered one of the great works of World Literature. She also a very good poet, the author of essays on many topics, one play still extent, and many shorter prose works. This biography covers in detail her entire life and the opposisition she encountered from her parents and other family members, friends, and the society to her being a writer. In the end, many of her works were burned by Lady Montagu before her death and more works were burned by her family after her death. I am convinced that had she recieved encouragement for being a writer she would be considered in the same league as Jane Eyre and George Eliot. I very seldom read biogriphies-but this book is a must read for anyone interested in history and/or great literature. Read it and get to know a very wonderful woman and the world she lived in.
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