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Poisoned Lives : The Regency Poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L. E. L.) and British Gold Coast Administrator George Maclean (Hardcover)

Author: Watt, Julie

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Poisoned Lives is a double biography of Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L.E.L.) - the best-selling Regency poet known to her contemporaries as ''the female Byron'' - and her husband George Maclean - British administrator on Africa''s Gold Coast, known as the Father of Modern Ghana. Landon''s reading public adored her writing and poetry and made her the best-selling female author of her time. As an early media celebrity, her life was the subject of society gossip, so her sudden death in Africa shocked the nation (a ''melancholy catastrophe'' ran one headline) and led to rumors of suicide or murder. Her husband''s name was henceforth blackened by London society, which unwittingly superimposed the plots of Landon''s fictions upon the circumstances of her death. The scandal unjustly ruined Maclean''s career, despite the fact that he cleared 200 miles of Western African coast of British slave trading, made peace with the warlike Asante, instituted a judicial system still in use in many African democracies


Publisher Sussex Academic Pr
Mfg Part# 9781845194208
SKU 214705136
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1845194209
Release Date 11/1/2010
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