Sex, Scandal, and Celebrity in Late Eighteenth-Century England

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
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This book tells the story of the bitter feud between the Duchess of Kingston and the actor, Samuel Foote, which resulted in a pair of scandalous trials in London in the revolutionary year of 1776. Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, the duchess's state trial for bigamy and Foote's criminal trial for attempted sodomy engrossed the attention of Londoners, including George III, Parliament, and the nobility. Sex, Scandal, and Celebrity offers specialists and general readers a meticulously researched and dramatic narrative that relates the fortunes and misfortunes of its protagonists and exposes the social and legal hypocrisies about love, sex, and marriage in the age of George III.

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About the author (2007)

Matthew J. Kinservik is Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware.  His books include Disciplining Satire: The Censorship of Satiric Drama on the Eighteenth-Century London Stage (2002) and "The Production of a Female Pen": Anna Larpent's Account of the Duchess of Kingston's Bigamy Trial of 1776 (2004).  He lives in Newark, Delaware, with his wife, Mara, and two sons, Tommy and Teddy.

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