"This book offers an interesting, highly readable, in-depth and complete story of the context and events leading up to the trial of the Duchess of Kingston for bigamy. It benefits from impressive archival scholarship and it brings together many different vaguely familiar events in the late eighteenth century-the Kingston trial, the Foote scandal, the transformation in the meaning of marriage-and shows in considerable and surprising detail their interconnections. This book captures a significant set of cultural events and will certainly have an impact of the study of the cultural politics of the late 18th century." - Laura Rosenthal, Professor of English, University of Maryland
Sex, Scandal, and Celebrity in Late Eighteenth-Century Englandby M. Kinservik
This book tells the story of the bitter feud between the Duchess of Kingston and the actor, Samuel Foote, which resulted in a pair of scandalous trials in London in the revolutionary year of 1776.
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Matthew J. Kinservik is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. His books include Disciplining Satire: The Censorship of Satiric Drama on the Eighteenth-Century London Stage (2002) and "The Production of a Female Pen": Anna Larpent's Account of the Duchess of Kingston's Bigamy Trial of 1776 (2004). He lives in Newark, Delaware, with his wife, Mara, and two sons, Tommy and Teddy.
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