The Memoirs of Laetitia Pilkington give a wonderful glimpse into several worlds of the 18th Century - respectable Dublin, into which she was born the daughter of an eminent doctor; Dr. Swift and his circle, in which she moved until the failure of her marriage; Grub Street and the demimonde of London where she was afterwards forced to scrape a living. She was friend and confidante of Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, and Colley Cibber. Sometime she hob-nobbed with Dukes, sometimes she was in a debtor's prison. Throughout it all she kept her courage, her wit, and her remarkable memory for the telling anecdote, which she drew on for her memoirs.