The novel re-imagines two of Johnson's Rambler essays in which he adopts the persona of the prostitute, Misella. The novel explores not only Misella's descent into prostitution as he did, but also the inner workings of the prison and legal systems in eighteenth-century London. The character of the barrister Benjamin Turner is modeled after Johnson himself, although Johnson was a writer, not a lawyer. Copies of Johnson's original essays are provided in the novel's Appendix.
|Publisher:||Sky Parlour Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
About the Author
Born poor himself, Samuel Johnson had great compassion for the downtrodden and for the plight of prostitutes. That he "loaned" his pen to one to tell her compelling sory is remarkable since most men at that time cared little about these women whom they so willingly used and abused.
Ms. Witek wanted to tell Misella's story from her own twenty-first century perspective, in a woman's voice, in a postmodern world that mirrors in many ways the eighteenth-century world in which Misella lived: a time of growing materialism and acquisitiveness, when the poor, the weak, the powerless, especially women, were exploited or abused, and compassion was rare.