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Courtesans: Money, Sex & Fame in the Nineteenth Century
Katie Hickman (au). During the course of the 18th & 19th cent. a small group of women rose from obscurity to positions of great power, independ. & wealth. Men went to great lengths to gain & retain a courtesanís favors, but she was always courted for far more than sex. She was often literate & literary, & courted for her conversation as well as her physical company. They inhabited their own world -- the demimonde -- complete with its own hierarchies, etiquette & protocol. This riveting social biography, focuses on five outstanding women -- Sophia Baddeley, Elizabeth Armistead, Harriette Wilson, Cora Pearl & Catherine Walters. Reveals their extraordinary exploits -- incl. their stints in Paris, N.Y. & CA -- & offers insights into the glamorous history of courtesan life. Illus.
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