E.L., the Bread Box Papers
The High Life of A Dazzling Victorian Lady : A Biography of Elizabeth Chapman LawrenceBook - 1983
Dickens called her "that little darling", Thackerey thought her "easy to fall in love with". President James Buchanan was "an immense friend", and Henry Adams modeled the heroine of a best-selling novel after her. She danced with Prince Albert and traveled Italy with General George McClellan. A nineteenth century female Zelig, she managed to be in all the right places with all the right people. As the wife and widow of diplomat T. Bigelow Lawrence -- of the Boston Lawrences -- she charmed artists, the literati, and social leaders of her day in London, Florence, and Washington. Moreover, she wrote all the details in missives "to Mama" back in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a trove of letters signed E.L. that were recently discovered in an antique bread box and became the basis of this spirited biography.
Publisher: Doylestown, Penn. : Tower Hill Press : Bucks County Historical Society, c1983.
Characteristics: x, 275 p. :,ill., ports. ;,26 cm.
Alternative Title: The bread box papers.