Mary Robinson (poet)

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Mary Robinson (née Darby; 27 November 1758 – 26 December 1800) was an English actress, poet, dramatist, novelist, and celebrity figure.wikipedia
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Emma, Lady Hamilton

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During this time, the very young Emma, Lady Hamilton sometimes worked as her maid and dresser at the theatre.
Pretty and ambitious, Emma started work at the Drury Lane theatre in Covent Garden, as maid to various actresses, among them Mary Robinson.

Little Chelsea

Without the support of her husband, Hester Darby supported herself and the five children born of the marriage by starting a school for young girls in Little Chelsea, London, (where Robinson taught by her 14th birthday).

Banastre Tarleton

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Mary Robinson, who now lived separately from her husband, went on to have several love affairs, most notably with Banastre Tarleton, a soldier who had recently distinguished himself fighting in the American War of Independence.
For 15 years, he had a relationship with the actress and writer Mary Robinson (Perdita), whom he initially seduced on a bet.

Paula Byrne

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Biographer Paula Byrne speculates that a streptococcal infection resulting from a miscarriage led to a severe rheumatic fever that left her disabled for the rest of her life.
It was long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and contributed to a revival of interest in the work of Mary Robinson as actor, poet, novelist and proponent of women's rights.

George IV of the United Kingdom

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She was the first public mistress of King George IV while he was still Prince of Wales. It was during this performance that she attracted the notice of the young Prince of Wales, later King George IV of the United Kingdom.
George's mistresses included Mary Robinson, an actress who was bought off with a generous pension when she threatened to sell his letters to the newspapers; Grace Elliott, the divorced wife of a physician; and Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey, who dominated his life for some years.

Natural Daughter with Portraits of the Leadenhead Family

Natural Daughter. With Portraits of the Leadenhead Family
The Natural Daughter with Portraits of the Leadenhead Family by the poet, dramatist and novelist Mary Robinson was published in 1799 by T. N. Longman and O. Rees in Paternoster Row in London.

Perdita (The Winter's Tale)

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She earned her nickname "Perdita" for her role as Perdita (heroine of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale) in 1779.

William Shakespeare

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She earned her nickname "Perdita" for her role as Perdita (heroine of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale) in 1779. Robinson was best known for her facility with the 'breeches parts', her performances as Viola in William Shakespeare'sTwelfth Night and Rosalind in As You Like It won her extensive praise.

The Winter's Tale

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She earned her nickname "Perdita" for her role as Perdita (heroine of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale) in 1779.

Bristol

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Robinson was born in Bristol, England to Nicholas Darby, a naval captain, and his wife Hester (née Vanacott) who had married at Donyatt, Somerset, in 1749, and was baptised 'Polle(y)' ("Spelt 'Polle' in the official register and 'Polly' in the Bishop's Transcript") at St Augustine's Church, Bristol, 19 July 1758, the entry noting that she was born 27 November 1756.

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Robinson was born in Bristol, England to Nicholas Darby, a naval captain, and his wife Hester (née Vanacott) who had married at Donyatt, Somerset, in 1749, and was baptised 'Polle(y)' ("Spelt 'Polle' in the official register and 'Polly' in the Bishop's Transcript") at St Augustine's Church, Bristol, 19 July 1758, the entry noting that she was born 27 November 1756.

London

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Without the support of her husband, Hester Darby supported herself and the five children born of the marriage by starting a school for young girls in Little Chelsea, London, (where Robinson taught by her 14th birthday).

Hannah More

Robinson, who at one point attended a school run by the social reformer Hannah More, came to the attention of actor David Garrick.

David Garrick

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Robinson, who at one point attended a school run by the social reformer Hannah More, came to the attention of actor David Garrick.

Articled clerk

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Hester Darby encouraged her daughter to accept the proposal of an articled clerk, Thomas Robinson, who claimed to have an inheritance.

Talgarth

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After her husband squandered their money, the couple fled to Talgarth, Breconshire (where Robinson's only daughter, Mary Elizabeth, was born in November).

Brecknockshire

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After her husband squandered their money, the couple fled to Talgarth, Breconshire (where Robinson's only daughter, Mary Elizabeth, was born in November).

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

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During this time, Mary Robinson found a patron in Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, who sponsored the publication of Robinson's second volume of poems, Captivity.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

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She launched her acting career and took to the stage, playing Juliet, at Drury Lane Theatre in December 1776.

Twelfth Night

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Robinson was best known for her facility with the 'breeches parts', her performances as Viola in William Shakespeare'sTwelfth Night and Rosalind in As You Like It won her extensive praise.

As You Like It

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Robinson was best known for her facility with the 'breeches parts', her performances as Viola in William Shakespeare'sTwelfth Night and Rosalind in As You Like It won her extensive praise.

Prince of Wales

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It was during this performance that she attracted the notice of the young Prince of Wales, later King George IV of the United Kingdom.

American Revolutionary War

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Mary Robinson, who now lived separately from her husband, went on to have several love affairs, most notably with Banastre Tarleton, a soldier who had recently distinguished himself fighting in the American War of Independence.

Robert Bertie, 4th Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven

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However, in the end, Tarleton married Susan Bertie, an heiress and an illegitimate daughter of the young 4th Duke of Ancaster, and niece of his sisters Lady Willoughby de Eresby and Lady Cholmondeley.

Streptococcus

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Biographer Paula Byrne speculates that a streptococcal infection resulting from a miscarriage led to a severe rheumatic fever that left her disabled for the rest of her life.