Edited By Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth
LESS is More: The Mysterious Case of the Invisible Countess of Derby
Lady Elizabeth Smith-Stanley, the first wife of the 12th Earl of Derby, has been eclipsed by her replacement, the actress Eliza Farren. This essay attempts to construct some sort of an account of this elusive woman – unfaithful wife, excluded mother, and paralytic – from the few facts that can be found out about her. As there is so little to go on, the contribution to this collection lies more in its methodological significance than in giving a full account of a woman’s life.
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