Elizabeth Craven: Writer, Feminist and European


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Elizabeth Craven's fascinating life was full of travel, love-affairs and scandals but this biography, the first to appear for a century, is the only one to focus on her as a writer and draw attention to the full range of her output, which raises her stature as an author considerably. Born into the upper class of Georgian England, she was pushed into marriage at sixteen to Lord Craven and became a celebrated society hostess and beauty, as well as mother to seven children. Though acutely conscious of her relative lack of ...

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Dec 13, 2017

An exciting biography of a neglected woman author

This is an exciting book, that sheds a completely new light on its subject. Elizabeth Craven is usually considered a very minor writer, but the poems and newly-discovered texts included in the book demonstrate that she was really talented and wrote a lot more than is generally known. She was an outspoken feminist, a clever and funny playwright, who travelled all over the world and lived a highly unconventional life that included a lot of scandalous love-affairs. The affair with Beckford sheds a new light on him too. She was closely connected with Walpole, Sheridan, Charles James Fox, Sir William Hamilton, the Duchess of Devonshire, Anne Damer etc. The book is solid, well-researched, and well written. Recommended for anyone who has an interest in women writers, early feminism or eighteenth-century history.

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