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Eventually, her family confined her to a single room where, apparently, she wrote this four-volume manuscript account of her life--a book to which she gave the poignant and melancholy title "A Help to Memory or Retrospections of an Outcast.
Dorothea Herbert is an underrated writer--but this welcome reissue of her Retrospections should help bring her entertaining account of eighteenth-century Ireland to a wider audience.