A self-made 19th century Irish woman

 
Author Susan Matoff discusses the extraordinary life of Marguerite Gardiner, who became the Countess of Blessington and an influential literary figure despite a series of unfortunate events and systematic discrimination by her peers.

Storyteller: Susan Matoff

Date of Story: 1788-1849
Location of Story: Clonmel, Ireland; London, U.K., Naples, Italy; Paris, France
Location: Bushey Heath, UK
Date: 22 March, 2016

You can find out more about Lady Blessington in Susan Matoff’s biography here, or visit the author’s website here