As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson
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He has twice won Travel Writer of the Year awards in Germany and is the author of History Play, an invented biography of Christopher Marlowe (HarperCollins, 2004) and The Librettist of Venice, a biography of Lorenzo Da Ponte (Bloomsbury, 2006), which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. About the AuthorRodney Bolt was born in South Africa. He studied at Rhodes University and wrote the play Gandhi: Act Too, which won the 1980 Durban Critic's Circle Play of the Year award. . He lives in Amsterdam. That same year he won a scholarship to Cambridge and read English at Corpus Christi
. He studied at Rhodes University and wrote the play Gandhi: Act Too, which won the 1980 Durban Critic's Circle Play of the Year award. Rodney Bolt was born in South Africa. He lives in Amsterdam. That same year he won a scholarship to Cambridge and read English at Corpus Christi. He has twice won Travel Writer of the Year award
"Five Stars" according to Kenneth Walsh. A great read!
Benson's most intense relationships were not with her husband and his associates, but with other women. Drawing on the diaries and novels of the Bensons themselves, as well as writings of contemporaries ranging from George Eliot to Charles Dickens, Rodney Bolt creates a rich and intimate family history of Victorian and Edwardian England. Young Minnie Sidgwick was just 12 years old when her cousin, 23-year old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Arthur wrote the words for "Land of Hope and Glory"; Fred became a hugely successful author (his Mapp and Lucia novels still have a cult following); and Maggie a renowned Egyptologist. She remained at the heart of her family of fiercely eccentric and "unpermissably gifted" children, each as individual as herself. But, most of all, he tells the sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious, story of one lovable, brilliant woman and her trajectory through the often surprising opportunities and the remarkable limitations of a Victorian woman's life.. When the Archbishop died, Mary—"Ben" to her intimates—turned down an offer from the Queen to live at Windsor, and set up home in a Jacobean manor house with her friend Lucy Tait. Prime Minister William Gladstone called her "the cleverest woman in Europe." Yet Mrs. But none of them