Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace delves into the gruesome murder committed by a Welsh girl obsessed with fashion that inspired Emma Donoghue's acclaimed novel, Slammerkin
, published in 2000.
In her novel Slammerkin
(2001), Irish author Emma Donoghue follows an ambitious 18th-century prostitute living in England.
Her bestselling, award-winning novel Slammerkin
(2000) captured the underworld of prostitution in 18th-century London while seducing the reader into caring about an actual teenage girl who was hanged for murder.
The first, Slammerkin
, is the story of an 18th-century prostitute and the second, Life Mask, follows a Sapphic sculptor in 1790s London.
She has previously written Slammerkin
, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
(slam-'r-kin)--recidivist relatives who are often serving time [an obsolete word for a slovenly-dressed woman]
It reclaims the often suppressed history of early lesbians, much in the spirit of her 1996 Ladies and Gentlemen and her novel Slammerkin