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Whore Biographies, 1700-1825: Pt. II, v. 5-8: Pt. 2, v. 5-8 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover: 1712 pages
  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851968075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851968077
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,048,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Across eight meticulously edited volumes, this two-part collection of carefully selected and extremely rare texts focuses on autobiographies and biographies of courtesans, directories of whores, erotic poems dedicated to harlots, jocular descriptions of prostitutes and jest books on strumpets. These provide invaluable primary sources for the study of sexuality, gender, women's studies and the literature and history of the eighteenth century. This new edition brings together an assortment of well-chosen primary material, offering academics easy access to as yet underused resources. This second part focuses on the genre of courtesans' autobiographies, on the little-known memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Julia Johnstone and Mrs Leeson. These autobiographies express the views of the women themselves: what they thought of their paramours; the sexual double standard; their jealousies; their friends; of chastity and infidelity. Descriptions of some of the leading figures of the day also feature in this part.

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