Bernard Porter: Lady Hester Stanhope, 23 October 2008
Show More Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope by Kirsten Ellis.
HarperPress, 444 pp., £25, August 2008, 978 0 00 717030 2Show More
“... mad Hester’. Successive biographers – and there have been a number of them, though curiously Kirsten Ellis doesn’t mention the last and best, Lorna Gibb – have struggled with this. Ellis concedes most of her oddities, and makes a claim for her as a powerful mind on Middle (then ‘Near’) Eastern ...”