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In a series of letters to her son, Emma Courtney reveals the frequently tragic story of her life. Unable to marry the man she loved, she settled for marriage to a man who promises her safety and stability only to destroy her trust¿and, nearly, her life. Memoirs of Emma Courtney is an epistolary novel by pioneering feminist Mary Hays.
Mary Hay''s first novel, Memoirs of Emma Courtney, transgresses literary and social conventions with its outspoken heroine who pursues the man she loves. It concerns itself with issues of female dependence, sexuality, and woman's role in society.
The Victim of Prejudice is of great interest for its strong feminist content, and it is both powerful and moving as a literary work; this edition makes this important late eighteenth-century text again available to a wide readership.
Mary Hays's first novel, Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1796), transgresses literary and social conventions with its outspoken heroine who pursues the man she loves. A work concerned with issues of female dependence, sexuality, and woman's role in society, it will interest scholars of the eighteenth century and Romantic period, and those in Women's Studies.