Who was the mysterious Madame de Mentou? And what was her real name? These are the questions which the writer Thomas Fenman addresses in a brief memoir which was written a few months before his death.
Fenman, who lived from 1761-1837, had a long and successful career as a novelist. But, although famous and widely read in his day, he was soon forgotten after his death. Now his puzzling memoir is made available for the first time.
As you will see when you come to read the memoir (if you have not done so already), Fenman provides some autobio-graphical details himself. I shall try not to repeat too much of that here. But there are some other details which I have obtained from his obituary, and from one other source.
The newspaper cutting that came with Fenman’s note-book proved to be a clipping from an 1837 issue of the Peterborough...