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Mary "Perdita" Robinson

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Mary Robinson is a rather a tragic figure. As a young woman she turned to the stage to support her penniless but free-spending husband, and became a famous actress, nicknamed "Perdita" after her famous turn in Shakespeare's The Winter Tale. There she drew the attention of the Prince of Wales, and wound up becoming one of the many women he screwed and then screwed over. (Later she was also involved with Banastre Tarleton, who I believe was posted here himself not that long ago, but he eventually married someone else.) Her affair with the Prince ruined her stage career, and an illness her in late twenties left her partially paralyzed. Thereafter she turned to writing full-time and became known as the "English Sappho". After continued illness she died in her early forties, survived by her daughter.


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