I shall not say why and how I became, at the age of fifteen, the mistress of the Earl of Craven"" -- so opens the memoirs of Harriette Wilson. She threw the world of Regency beaux and dandies into an uproar, at the time she wrote them, and lived on the proceeds of what not to say. An entertainingly presented biography of an early advocate of the True Confession school, told largely through her own writings. A diverting biographical bit, with sidelights on the lives of filles de joies in the early 1800's. Among those present were such notorieties as Beau Brummell, Wellington, Byron, Lord Worcester, and many others.