MARY LAMB--a dutiful daughter, well liked by just about everyone--killed her own mother with a knife. She spent the rest of her life in and out of madhouses, yet the crime and its aftermath opened up a life that no woman of her time or class could ...
have expected. Free to read extensively, Lamb discovered her talent for writing. She and her brother, the essayist Charles Lamb, embarked on a literary collaboration that resulted in the famous "Tales from Shakespeare. Confidante to many of Britain's Romantics including Coleridge. Godwin, and Wordsworth, Mary Lamb stood at the vibrant center of a colorful literary circle. Through a deep reading of history, letters, and literature. Susan Tyler Hitchcock brings to life an intriguing portrait of Lamb and her world. This narrative of a nearly forgotten woman becomes a tapes-try of insights into creativity and madness, the changing lives of women, and the redemptive power of the written word.