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Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi

Immensely proud of her aristocratic Welsh ancestry, Hester Lynch was one of the most talented female authors of the long eighteenth century. A friend to the leading lights of the era, including Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Joshua Reynolds, and more, she was the single salonnière with the wit and intellect to rival Johnson and (even more important) to be accepted as the glittering foil to Elizabeth Montagu, the “Queen of the Bluestockings.” The first biography to foreground the importance of Lynch’s Welsh heritage, this book traces the entirety of Lynch’s life and work, putting both in context of her era and re-establishing her as one of the most important cultural figures of her time.

216 pages | 8 color plates | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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"This is an eminently readable compact biography of a particularly colorful late eighteenth-century personality. Each of the various phases of Hester Salusbury/Thrale/Piozzi’s life is presented in detail, with full academic citations and a sustained attempt at providing the social and historical contexts of her changing times. As such, the book constitutes a welcome addition to the Writers of Wales series, and one which is likely to prove a useful resource for students and interested lay readers alike."

Jane Aaron, University of South Wales

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