Jessica Mann

Lady of Arabia

Lady Anne Blunt: A Biography


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ANYONE WHO WONDERS what feminism is for (as a surprising number of people do) should read this book. It is about a woman whose remarkable achievements were so overshadowed by those of her husband that her name does not appear at all in the biographical dictionaries on my shelves, while several biographies have been written about his life, most recently by Elizabeth Longford. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt was a poet and the author of books and pamphlets about politics; he was even imprisoned in 1888 for his activities in the Irish Land League. But although he is often credited with saving the thoroughbred Arabian horse from extinction, that feat should be attributed to the hard work and money of his wife.

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