First published in 1759, this novel aims to promote the cause of the Magdalen House, a charity which sought to rehabilitate prostitutes by fitting them for a life of virtuous industry. It challenges long-standing prejudices against prostitutes by presenting them as victims of inadequate education, male libertinism and sexual double standards.
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Select Bibliography, Note on the Text, The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen-House, 1 as Supposed to be related by Themselves (1760)
Jennie Batchelor, Megan Hiatt