The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen House
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First published anonymously in 1759, this remarkable novel was written to promote the cause of the Magdalen House, a charity which sought to rehabilitate prostitutes by fitting them for a life of virtuous industry. More than a mere fund-raiser, however, the novel challenges long-standing prejudices against prostitutes by presenting them as victims of inadequate education, male libertinism and sexual double standards. With editors' introduction and notes. No jacket.