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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment Paperback – 24 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 714 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198187653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198187653
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 3.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (née Pierrepont) was born in 1689 into an extremely wealthy, well-connected family, and lived a long and extraordinary life. A proto-feminist, poet and wit, she was disinherited by her family, when she refused to marry the man her father picked for her ("Hell") and instead eloped, not with a passionately adored lover ("Paradise"), but with Edward Wortley Montagu--a rational choice ("Limbo"). The foremost champion of the practice of inoculation against smallpox-- a medical advance she witnessed in Turkey, where, as the Ambassador's wife, she gained privileged and unprecedented access to Turkish society--Lady Mary's campaigning 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." And, in Alexander Pope, she famously provoked both.

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. But although this work is a triumph of research, Grundy doesn't step quite far enough back from her subject to fit her fully in context. It will, therefore, appeal more to the informed reader, who knows enough of the 18th century to paint in the backdrop, than to the general biography lover. --Lisa Gee --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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This is an accomplished and scholarly biography of a compelling individual. It is also a literary life that throws much light on the Augustan world of letters. Furthermore, this study carries conviction in part because Isobel Grundy does not exaggerate the importance of her subject ... fine study ... a wealth of information and reflection, and a careful piecing-together of a fascinating life. (Jeremy Black, THES 25/2/00)

Review from previous edition This is an accomplished and scholarly biography of a compelling individual. It is also a literary life that throws much light on the Augustan world of letters. Furthermore, this study carries conviction in part because Isobel Grundy does not exaggerate the importance of her subject ... fine study ... a wealth of information and reflection, and a careful piecing-together of a fascinating life. (Jeremy Black, THES 25/2/00)

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This book is very well written and informative about not only her subject but the period. Read with the subjects letters and it gives a perfect insight into the period. My only gripe is the lack of examples of poetry and wittisms, especially from Lord Hervey, that are mentioned continuously but never shown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Biography Of An Exceptional Lady 17 Oct. 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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