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All for Love: The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson
     

All for Love: The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson

by Amanda Elyot
 

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A bold and bawdy historical novel-from the acclaimed author of Too Great a Lady.

Mary Robinson's talent, beauty, and drive led her from debtors' prison to the glamour and scandal of the London stage, where a star was born-and sold as society's darling, envied by women, and desired by men. From her shocking affair with the Prince of Wales to

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A bold and bawdy historical novel-from the acclaimed author of Too Great a Lady.

Mary Robinson's talent, beauty, and drive led her from debtors' prison to the glamour and scandal of the London stage, where a star was born-and sold as society's darling, envied by women, and desired by men. From her shocking affair with the Prince of Wales to heartbreaking betrayals and a restless pursuit of true romance, this breathtaking novel paints a vivid portrait of a woman who changed history by doing as she pleased-for money, for fame, for pleasure, and above all, for love.

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Publishers Weekly

Historical romance queen Elyot shines her light on Mary Darby Robinson (1758-1800), who, during her brief life, burned with a passionate intensity. Born to a successful British merchant who abandoned the family, Mary nonetheless enjoyed an education that nurtured her passion for prose, poetry and drama. Elyot convincingly evokes the ambivalence Mary feels at 15 as she struggles with her mother, who pleads that she give up her upcoming acting debut to marry Tom Robinson, the supposed heir of a rich uncle. After doing as she's told, Mary suffers the first of many romantic disappointments, all the while finding refuge in her poetry and other writings. Tom's philandering and financial irresponsibility finally return her to the stage, and there the auburn-haired beauty catches the eye of the Prince of Wales. Mary's daring and anguished existence is truly the stuff of novels-her own writings, particularly her feminist essays, were acclaimed in her lifetime-and Elyot's telling of her life, in Mary's voice, honors her legacy. (Feb.)

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ISBN-13:
9780451222978
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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