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A Life of Noisy Desperation
Are there any 19th-century novels about prostitutes... 
20th-Apr-2004 05:39 pm
Steeplechase
...in which the courtesan lives? I’ve just finished Émile Zola’s Nana, in which the title character (refreshingly shallow and avaricious; none of this redeemed-by-love nonsense) ultimately dies of smallbox, and I’m just starting Camille, by Alexandre Dumas fils, the archetype of the consumptive whore (with, sigh, a heart of gold).

Yeah, right now my reading list is heavily freighted with dead harlots.
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20th-Apr-2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
Moll Flanders in Defoe's late 18th-c. novel isn't exactly a courtesan, but she's deliciously skanky and lives to tell to the tale...
21st-Apr-2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ahh, Moll Flanders. Whore, thief, and inadvertant...huh.

If one guilty of thievery is a thief, and one who commits adultery is an adulterer, what do you call someone who engages in incest?
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