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Lady's Maid - Margaret Forster
Lady's Maid
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“Fascinating . . . The reader is treated to a revealing account of the passionate romance between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning through the eyes of an intimate observer.”–BooklistYoung and timid but full of sturdy good sense and awakening sophistication, Lily Wilson arrives in London in... show more
“Fascinating . . . The reader is treated to a revealing account of the passionate romance between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning through the eyes of an intimate observer.”–BooklistYoung and timid but full of sturdy good sense and awakening sophistication, Lily Wilson arrives in London in 1844, becoming a lady’s maid to the fragile, housebound Elizabeth Barrett. Lily is quickly drawn to her mistress’s gaiety and sharp intelligence, the power of her poetry, and her deep emotional need. It is a strange intimacy that will last sixteen years.It is Lily who smuggles Miss Barrett out of the gloomy Wimpole Street house, witnesses her secret wedding to Robert Browning in an empty church, and flees with them to threadbare lodgings and the heat, light, and colors of Italy. As housekeeper, nursemaid, companion, and confidante, Lily is with Elizabeth in every crisis–birth, bereavement, travel, literary triumph. As her devotion turns almost to obsession, Lily forgets her own fleeting loneliness. But when Lily’s own affairs take a dramatic turn, she comes to expect the loyalty from Elizabeth that she herself has always given.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345497437 (0345497430)
ASIN: 345497430
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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Merle
Merle rated it
4.0 Lady's Maid
Lady's Maid is the fictional life story of Lily Wilson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning's maid. Since all I knew about either of the Browning poets before starting this book was the little bit I remember from high school English, I wasn't sure if this was the book for me; fortunately, it really is the st...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
3.0 Lady's Maid
She really made the characters real, esp. Wilson, the lady's maid. Did not make me a fan of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, as she was portrayed here. An escape to another time...
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