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Memoirs of a Magdalen; or, the History of Louisa Mildmay [in two volumes].

London: Printed for Harrison and Company, 1782; [1767]. Reprint. Half Calf. In 1767 Hugh Kelly, Irish writer and attorney, published his only novel, "Memoirs of a Magdalen," the story of a young woman seduced by the rakish Sir Robert Harold, before their marriage. Out of shame and disgrace, she is sent to London where another obnoxious man Sir Harry Hastings kidnaps her. She escapes and finds asylum in the London magdalen house, a sanctuary house for reformed prostitutes. Many scholars attribute the work to the archetype writing of the time and liken the plot to Samuel Richardson's "Clarissa" for its epistolary form and "seduction-shame" storyline. These type of correspondence written narratives shed light on the position of 18th century women in society with circumstantial chastity. Likewise, Dr. Langhorne is notably known for his translation of "Plutarch's Lives" and general common English love-letter blather. Very Good. Some foxing to paper, inner hinge started, a few small tears, otherwise tight, bright, and unmarred. Rebound in half calf, green marbled boards, and has banded spine with title in gilt lettering. 8 vo., two volumes in one, collation: 3 unnumbered pages; B-L4; A-H4, I3. Some decorative printing throughout. Bound with John Langhorne, "Letters between Theodosius and Constantia." Item #9331

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