Mary Diana Dods, a Gentleman and a Scholar

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10 thoughts on “Mary Diana Dods, a Gentleman and a Scholar

  1. Ineke Kluft Ineke Kluft says:

    This a an amazing story, I read this book some 20 years ago and reread it this weekend After seeing the movie The Invisible Woman by Ralph Fiennes I was looking for that wonderful book by my favorite biographist Claire Tomalin and came across this Betty T Bennett book.Ms Bennett searched the whole Anglo saxon world wanting to know about David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas, friends of Mary Shelley To keep it short she finds out these two man are one person and he is a woman Live was not This a an amazing story, I read this book some 20 years ago and reread it this weekend After seeing the movie The Invisible Woman by Ralph Fiennes I was looking for that wonderful book by my favorite biographist Claire Tomalin and came across this Betty T Bennett book.Ms Bennett searched the whole Anglo saxon world wanting to know about David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas, friends of Mary Shelley To keep it short she finds out these two man are one person and he is a woman Live was not easy for a woman onhet own in the 19th century so why not let the world think you are a man If you can get your hands on this book please do read it


  2. Robert burke Robert burke says:

    Betty Bennett was a leading scholar of Mary Shelley While getting Shelley s letters ready for publication, she came across the following names, David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas The only thing known about them was David was a writer and Walter was the husband of Isabella Robinson Douglas, a friend of Mary Shelley Betty Bennett decided to find outabout the two men This would lead Her on a search to England, Scotland and France, to discover a deception that Mary Shelley herself was Betty Bennett was a leading scholar of Mary Shelley While getting Shelley s letters ready for publication, she came across the following names, David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas The only thing known about them was David was a writer and Walter was the husband of Isabella Robinson Douglas, a friend of Mary Shelley Betty Bennett decided to find outabout the two men This would lead Her on a search to England, Scotland and France, to discover a deception that Mary Shelley herself was part This book takes you on a step by step journey to solve the mystery of two minor footnotes in literature and turning them into major players in the life of Mary Shelley


  3. Vasha7 Vasha7 says:

    The story of an unusual 19th century woman, who lived as a man for a time She sounds like an interesting person but her story is ultimately quite sad.


  4. Jan Lynch Jan Lynch says:

    The story of Mary Diana Dods is inherently interesting The illegitimate daughter of a Scottish lord, Mary Diana Dods and her sister were raised in privilege, all of which disappeared when their father married Dods and her sister were sent away from the family home and tightly leashed on a budget Perhaps nothing too unusual The story picks upthan a century later when Betty T Bennett, a college professor at American University, finds in her research of Mary Shelley letters from an autho The story of Mary Diana Dods is inherently interesting The illegitimate daughter of a Scottish lord, Mary Diana Dods and her sister were raised in privilege, all of which disappeared when their father married Dods and her sister were sent away from the family home and tightly leashed on a budget Perhaps nothing too unusual The story picks upthan a century later when Betty T Bennett, a college professor at American University, finds in her research of Mary Shelley letters from an author, David Lyndsay, and the husband of a friend, Walter Sholto Douglas In trying to gain biographical information about these men, Bennett uncovers their secret identity both men were Mary Diana Dods While it was not surprising that a woman might write under the pen name of a man, that a woman passed herself off as a married man with a son is remarkable Although the story itself interesting, the book overall was not compelling for me Bennett s writing shines when she tells the story of her remarkable subjects, when she places them in a setting, and writes in narrative style However, she does this in only a few sections of the book The story of her sleuthing, really amazing persistence and insight, is not told as engagingly And while her commentary is interesting, by the end of the book, her insights feel repetitious All of that said, the story of Mary Diana Dods is worth knowing, and Bennett as the dedicated detective behind the story deserves much credit for bringing it to light


  5. Lisa M. Lisa M. says:

    Betty T Bennett is very passionate about Mary Shelley While arranging a collection of her letters, Bennett discovered a strange cast of characters She doesn t understand why she can t track the lives of two of Shelley s associates Walter Sholto Douglas, and David Lyndsay Who were these men Bennett s determination to fully document Shelley s life unearths a mystery that is 150 years old, and has gone undocumented These two men, were, in fact, one woman Mary Diana Dods After tireless effor Betty T Bennett is very passionate about Mary Shelley While arranging a collection of her letters, Bennett discovered a strange cast of characters She doesn t understand why she can t track the lives of two of Shelley s associates Walter Sholto Douglas, and David Lyndsay Who were these men Bennett s determination to fully document Shelley s life unearths a mystery that is 150 years old, and has gone undocumented These two men, were, in fact, one woman Mary Diana Dods After tireless efforts to unearth all of the information about Mary Diana Dods and the other players in her charade, Bennett explores possible motives for her actions Bennett fully understands and portrays how gender and sexuality were conceived in Dods time period she does not simplify this case by forcing it into a modern box Bennett tentatively explores all of the options Was Dods intersex, transgender, a cross dresser, a lesbian, or someone who merely sought out an identity If a lesbian, was there a sexual component to this part of her identity Or like many other women of her time, did she connect with other women on an emotional level We will probably never know Dods full motives Perhaps Dods didn t know either But Bennett has certainly researched throughly and presented all of the evidence available At the end of the day, this story is shocking and moving I felt terrible for Mary Shelley she was taken advantage of by many people around her, especially after her husband died I felt bad for Mary Diana Dods, who was born of nobility but struggled to live in poverty It was difficult to empathize with the third player, Isabella Robinson Douglas, who came off as very manipulative But in the end, we learn that even she had a justifiable motive for her actions All three women struggled in a society that had rigid gender roles that they were not fulfilled by In this story, they attempt to break out of those shells and find something


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Mary Diana Dods, a Gentleman and a Scholar [Download] ➻ Mary Diana Dods, a Gentleman and a Scholar By Betty T. Bennett – Polishdarling.co.uk By an investigative and analytical feat of true Sherlockian proportions, Bennett cracks an elaborate conspiracy that had successfully veiled a Pandora s box of sexual scandal and literary intrigue unt By an Dods, a PDF/EPUB ¾ investigative and analytical feat of true Sherlockian proportions, Bennett cracks an elaborate conspiracy that had successfully veiled a Pandora s box of sexual scandal and literary intrigue until Bennett herself revealed it to the world Los Angeles TimesIn the s Mary Shelley, the celebrated author of Frankenstein, had Mary Diana PDF \ among her many acquaintances two intriguing friends One, the author David Lyndsay, had published admired books, poems, and short stories The other, Walter Sholto Douglas, husband of Mary Shelley s dear friend Isabella Robinson Douglas, was an aspiring diplomat Intraces of both men suddenly and completely disappeared from Mary Shelley s Diana Dods, a PDF/EPUB ì life, but not from historical evidenceBetty T Bennett came across both men as she conducted research in the Shelley correspondence Through years of investigation, Bennett uncovered the improbable truth David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas were the same person and, despite historical and legal evidence to the contrary, that person was a woman Mary Diana Dods, illegitimate daughter of a Scottish aristocrat Now, nearly two centuries later, her story is revealed as a tale of imagination and defiance, with a sly grin at posterity Most works of literary scholarship give us the finished product, cogently argued and persuasively documented But in this astonishing book, Bennett also reveals the mysterious processbehind the product, the teller behind the tale Women s Review of books An astounding tale of intrigue, collusion, and friendship The uncovering of Mary Diana Dods must be one of the best literary mystery stories of our age Keats Shelley Journal.


10 thoughts on “Mary Diana Dods, a Gentleman and a Scholar

  1. Ineke Kluft Ineke Kluft says:

    This a an amazing story, I read this book some 20 years ago and reread it this weekend After seeing the movie The Invisible Woman by Ralph Fiennes I was looking for that wonderful book by my favorite biographist Claire Tomalin and came across this Betty T Bennett book.Ms Bennett searched the whole Anglo saxon world wanting to know about David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas, friends of Mary Shelley To keep it short she finds out these two man are one person and he is a woman Live was not This a an amazing story, I read this book some 20 years ago and reread it this weekend After seeing the movie The Invisible Woman by Ralph Fiennes I was looking for that wonderful book by my favorite biographist Claire Tomalin and came across this Betty T Bennett book.Ms Bennett searched the whole Anglo saxon world wanting to know about David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas, friends of Mary Shelley To keep it short she finds out these two man are one person and he is a woman Live was not easy for a woman onhet own in the 19th century so why not let the world think you are a man If you can get your hands on this book please do read it


  2. Robert burke Robert burke says:

    Betty Bennett was a leading scholar of Mary Shelley While getting Shelley s letters ready for publication, she came across the following names, David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas The only thing known about them was David was a writer and Walter was the husband of Isabella Robinson Douglas, a friend of Mary Shelley Betty Bennett decided to find outabout the two men This would lead Her on a search to England, Scotland and France, to discover a deception that Mary Shelley herself was Betty Bennett was a leading scholar of Mary Shelley While getting Shelley s letters ready for publication, she came across the following names, David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas The only thing known about them was David was a writer and Walter was the husband of Isabella Robinson Douglas, a friend of Mary Shelley Betty Bennett decided to find outabout the two men This would lead Her on a search to England, Scotland and France, to discover a deception that Mary Shelley herself was part This book takes you on a step by step journey to solve the mystery of two minor footnotes in literature and turning them into major players in the life of Mary Shelley


  3. Vasha7 Vasha7 says:

    The story of an unusual 19th century woman, who lived as a man for a time She sounds like an interesting person but her story is ultimately quite sad.


  4. Jan Lynch Jan Lynch says:

    The story of Mary Diana Dods is inherently interesting The illegitimate daughter of a Scottish lord, Mary Diana Dods and her sister were raised in privilege, all of which disappeared when their father married Dods and her sister were sent away from the family home and tightly leashed on a budget Perhaps nothing too unusual The story picks upthan a century later when Betty T Bennett, a college professor at American University, finds in her research of Mary Shelley letters from an autho The story of Mary Diana Dods is inherently interesting The illegitimate daughter of a Scottish lord, Mary Diana Dods and her sister were raised in privilege, all of which disappeared when their father married Dods and her sister were sent away from the family home and tightly leashed on a budget Perhaps nothing too unusual The story picks upthan a century later when Betty T Bennett, a college professor at American University, finds in her research of Mary Shelley letters from an author, David Lyndsay, and the husband of a friend, Walter Sholto Douglas In trying to gain biographical information about these men, Bennett uncovers their secret identity both men were Mary Diana Dods While it was not surprising that a woman might write under the pen name of a man, that a woman passed herself off as a married man with a son is remarkable Although the story itself interesting, the book overall was not compelling for me Bennett s writing shines when she tells the story of her remarkable subjects, when she places them in a setting, and writes in narrative style However, she does this in only a few sections of the book The story of her sleuthing, really amazing persistence and insight, is not told as engagingly And while her commentary is interesting, by the end of the book, her insights feel repetitious All of that said, the story of Mary Diana Dods is worth knowing, and Bennett as the dedicated detective behind the story deserves much credit for bringing it to light


  5. Lisa M. Lisa M. says:

    Betty T Bennett is very passionate about Mary Shelley While arranging a collection of her letters, Bennett discovered a strange cast of characters She doesn t understand why she can t track the lives of two of Shelley s associates Walter Sholto Douglas, and David Lyndsay Who were these men Bennett s determination to fully document Shelley s life unearths a mystery that is 150 years old, and has gone undocumented These two men, were, in fact, one woman Mary Diana Dods After tireless effor Betty T Bennett is very passionate about Mary Shelley While arranging a collection of her letters, Bennett discovered a strange cast of characters She doesn t understand why she can t track the lives of two of Shelley s associates Walter Sholto Douglas, and David Lyndsay Who were these men Bennett s determination to fully document Shelley s life unearths a mystery that is 150 years old, and has gone undocumented These two men, were, in fact, one woman Mary Diana Dods After tireless efforts to unearth all of the information about Mary Diana Dods and the other players in her charade, Bennett explores possible motives for her actions Bennett fully understands and portrays how gender and sexuality were conceived in Dods time period she does not simplify this case by forcing it into a modern box Bennett tentatively explores all of the options Was Dods intersex, transgender, a cross dresser, a lesbian, or someone who merely sought out an identity If a lesbian, was there a sexual component to this part of her identity Or like many other women of her time, did she connect with other women on an emotional level We will probably never know Dods full motives Perhaps Dods didn t know either But Bennett has certainly researched throughly and presented all of the evidence available At the end of the day, this story is shocking and moving I felt terrible for Mary Shelley she was taken advantage of by many people around her, especially after her husband died I felt bad for Mary Diana Dods, who was born of nobility but struggled to live in poverty It was difficult to empathize with the third player, Isabella Robinson Douglas, who came off as very manipulative But in the end, we learn that even she had a justifiable motive for her actions All three women struggled in a society that had rigid gender roles that they were not fulfilled by In this story, they attempt to break out of those shells and find something


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