REGENCY ENGLAND UNDRESSED — Harriette Wilson, the Greatest Courtesan of her Age

Lesley Blanch

Lesley Blanch's elegant novella-length introduction to the Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, first published in 1955.

The reigning courtesan of Regency London, Harriette Wilson's patrons included many of the distinguished men of her day, from the Duke of Wellington to Lord Byron. Hard-pressed for money in middle age, her looks and youth gone, all she had left to sell were her memories. Deliberately written with an eye to blackmail, she sold her memoirs after offering to edit out any lovers who paid her the sum of £200. "Publish and be damned!" cried the Duke of Wellington. She did and she was.

ANNE SEBBA – "What do a modern New York psychoanalyst and a Regency London courtesan have in common? Both offer escape, relaxation and individual attention; both are expensive," explains Lesley Blanch in her expansive introduction to the memoirs of the most famous of English courtesans.

print & ebook: BookBlast ePublishing | February 2016 | PB 108 pp GBP 3.99 | 978-0993092725