Mary Darby (later MR
) was born during a tempestuous night,
Robinson, Mary. Perdita: The Memoirs of Mary Robinson. Levy, Moses JosephEditor , Peter Owen, 1994.
at the Minster House, College Green, Bristol: two years earlier than the date given by her published memoirs and her gravestone.
Her early (though not quite so early as was thought before Alix Nathan
's research) and notorious love-affairs made her sexuality, luridly represented, an important element in her public persona. Many cartoons circulated which represented...