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Despite its appeal to middle-class readers eager for tales of sexual excess, the press and prominent intellectuals criticized A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil for being more hysterical than philosophical. Katherine Joslin's introduction considers the controversy that the book created; she also details Addams's skillful negotiations with publishers. In addition, behind the sensationalism of the narratives, Joslin locates themes that include the commodification of sex and the importance of marriage for young women.
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