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The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington

The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington
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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108048347

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  • Following her advantageous second marriage, the famous beauty Marguerite, Countess of Blessington (1789–1849), presided over one of London's most glittering salons, variously attended by Thomas Moore, Disraeli, Bulwer Lytton and Dickens. After her husband's death in 1829, she augmented her income by writing, most notably her Conversations with Lord Byron, which recounted her acquaintance with the poet in Genoa. Despite considerable success, her debt-ridden establishment collapsed in 1849 and Lady Blessington fled to Paris, where she died. This 1855 biography and letters, in three volumes was edited by R. R. Madden (1798–1886), colonial administrator and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, who had first met the Blessingtons in 1821. It illuminates the social role of the salon hostess and its many financial and emotional pressures. Volume 1 contains a life of the Countess, and volumes 2 and 3 offer brief biographies of her correspondents, followed by their letters.

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    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108048347
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 98 mm
    • weight: 2.15kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. Notices of the Earl of Blessington
    2. Departure of the Blessingtons from London, on a continental tour, September, 1822
    3. Byron and the Blessingtons at Genoa
    4. The City and Bay of Naples
    5. Departure from Naples
    6. Return to Paris, in June, 1828
    7. Conversational powers of distinguished persons
    8. The break-up at Gore House
    9. Arrival of Lady Blessington in Paris, in the middle of April, 1849
    10. Notice of the career, literary tastes, and talents of Lady Blessington
    11. Notice of the writings of Lady Blessington
    12. Lines addressed to Lady Blessington by various persons
    13. Notice of Count Alfred d'Orsay
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    1. Preliminary notice of the correspondence of Lady Blessington
    2. Notice of Sir William Gell, and sketch of his character by James Ramsay, Esq.
    3. Letters of Sir William Gell to Lady Blessington
    4. Letters of Sir William Gell to Lady Blessington
    5. Letters of Sir William Gell to Lady Blessington
    6. Notice of Sir William Drummond
    7. Notices of Charles Reilly, Esq., Surgeon, R.N.
    8. Notice of the Honourable Richard Keppel Craven, and Margravine of Anspach
    9. Notice and letters of Thomas James Mathias, Esq.
    10. Notice and letters of Coun Matuschewitz
    11. Notice and letters of the Duke D'Ossuna
    12. Notice and letters of Monsieur Eugene Sue
    13. Notice and letters of Casimer Delavigne
    14. Letter from John Auldjo, Esq., to Lady Blessington
    15. Notice and letters of the Countess Guiccioli, now Mdme. la Marquise de Boissy
    16. Notice and letters of L. E. L.
    17. Notice and letters of the Contessa America Vespucci, Mrs. Sigourney, Miss Sheridan, Mrs. Abell, the Betsy Balcombe of St. Helena, Miss Roberts, Mrs. Romer
    18. Notice of Walter Savage Landor
    19. Letters of W. S. Landor to Lady Blessington
    20. Notice of John Forster, Esq.
    21. Notice and letters of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. Volume 3:
    1. Notice and letters of the Marquess Wellesley
    2. Notice and letters of the late Duke of Wellington
    3. Notice and letters of Lord Brougham to Lady Blessington
    4. Notices and letters of Isaac D'Israeli, Esq.
    5. Notice and letters of Joseph Jekyll, Esq.
    6. Notice and letters of Doctor Samuel Parr, LL.D.
    7. Notices and letters of Thomas Moore, Esq.
    8. Notices and letters of B. Simmons, Esq. and John Kenyon
    9. Notices and letters of W. H. Ainsworth, Esq.
    10. Miscellaneous letters
    11. Epistolary curiosities, etc.
    12. Correspondence with the Mathews

  • Author

    Richard Robert Madden


    Marguerite Blessington

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