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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh by Linda Colley
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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh by Linda Colley
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Nov 11, 2008 | ISBN 9780385721493

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Praise

"A dazzling performance of historical scholarship. . . . [Colley has] brought us a world in a book." —The New York Times Book Review“Vivid. . . . Marsh’s extraordinarily peripatetic life illuminates not only the vast global changes of that period . . . but also the almost limitless resources of her own indomitable spirit.” —The New Yorker"Colley allows the reader to vault the pioneering life of an obscure woman . . . into a grander tale of physical hardiness and surprising moral choices" —The Economist“This is a remarkable book, both for its contents and because it is a new species of biography… Linda Colley has written a full-blown economic romance with an extraordinary range… bringing all the resources of her skills as a historian and researcher to her story. It is a major achievement and an enthralling narrative.”—Claire Tomalin, The Guardian“A work of skewering historical precision and vast imaginative reach… Colley’s style of irreproachable clarity makes light work of the global complexities of her story. Her synthesis of the facts is masterly… Her book is both moving and profound.”—Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books“Colley has had to piece together fragments of information from all kinds of sources; the result is a minor miracle of biographical reconstruction… Slave revolts in Jamaica, Moroccan politics, cod-fishing in the Shetlands, Manx smuggling, the responsibilities of naval wives, the organization of the salt industry in Bengal: all this, and more, is exposed to view.”—Noel Malcolm, The Sunday Telegraph“A refreshing and often startling narrative that opens fresh perspectives on a revolutionary era. The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh shifted my understanding of the eighteenth-century world.”—Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship

Awards

New York Times Editors’ Choice WINNER 2007

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