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"The only problem with Emma Donoghue's collection, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, is that it's hard to stop yourself from skipping to the end of each story. There readers will find a note from Donoghue explaining the historical background of the juicy tale they've just read, whether it's the sailor who was drugged into marrying a spinster or the woman who, yes, faked the births of over a dozen dead rabbits....Her endeavor results in the intimate kind of history we often crave, allowing us to be privy to the terrifying, scandalous or heartbreaking conversations that history books usually leave to our imaginations....Donoghue animates these obscure pieces of the past with often humorous dialogue and surprising emotional invention." Suzy Hansen, Salon.com (read the entire Salon review)

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Emma Donoghue vividly brings to life stories inspired by her discoveries of fascinating, hidden scraps of the past. Here an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits, a plague ballad, surgical case notes, theological pamphlets, and an articulated skeleton are ingeniously fleshed out into rollicking, full-bodied fictions.

Whether she's spinning the tale of an English soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth-century Irish countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an "undead" murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her tales a colorful, elegant prose filled with the sights and smells and sounds of the period. She summons the ghosts of those men and women who counted for nothing in their own day and brings them to unforgettable life in fiction.

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In these seventeen robust tales Emma Donoghue vividly brings to life the strangely exhilerating sideshows of humanity lost to traditional history over the last seven hundred years. The obscure records she stumbled across--an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits; a plague ballad; surgical case notes; theological pamphlets; an articulated skeleton--are ingeniously expanded into rollicking, full bodied fictions. Here kings, surgeons, soldiers, and ladies of leisure rub soldiers with cross-dressers, cult leaders, pioneers, and arsonists.

Whether she's spinning the tale of an Irish soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth century countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an "undead" murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her tales a colorful, elegant prose filled with the sights and smells and sounds of the period. She summons the ghosts of those women who counted for nothing in their own day and brings them to unforgettable life in fiction.

About the Author

Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. in eighteenth-century fiction at Cambridge. She is the author of three novels, a book of fairy tales, and several works of literary history. She lives in Ontario, Canada. For further information and current news, go to www.EmmaDonoghue.com

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

The Last Rabbit

Acts of Union

The Fox on the Line

Account

Revelations

Night Vision

Ballad

Come, Gentle Night

Salvage

Cured

Figures of Speech

Words for Things

How a Lady Dies

A Short Story

Dido

The Necessity of Burning

Looking for Petronilla

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151009374
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Donoghue, Emma
Author:
Donoghue
Author:
onoghue
Author:
Emma D
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Curiosities and wonders
Subject:
Eccentrics and eccentricities
Subject:
Historical fiction, English
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
#40
Publication Date:
May 1, 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 9.99 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "The only problem with Emma Donoghue's collection, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, is that it's hard to stop yourself from skipping to the end of each story. There readers will find a note from Donoghue explaining the historical background of the juicy tale they've just read, whether it's the sailor who was drugged into marrying a spinster or the woman who, yes, faked the births of over a dozen dead rabbits....Her endeavor results in the intimate kind of history we often crave, allowing us to be privy to the terrifying, scandalous or heartbreaking conversations that history books usually leave to our imaginations....Donoghue animates these obscure pieces of the past with often humorous dialogue and surprising emotional invention." (read the entire Salon review)
"Synopsis" by ,
In these seventeen robust tales Emma Donoghue vividly brings to life the strangely exhilerating sideshows of humanity lost to traditional history over the last seven hundred years. The obscure records she stumbled across--an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits; a plague ballad; surgical case notes; theological pamphlets; an articulated skeleton--are ingeniously expanded into rollicking, full bodied fictions. Here kings, surgeons, soldiers, and ladies of leisure rub soldiers with cross-dressers, cult leaders, pioneers, and arsonists.

Whether she's spinning the tale of an Irish soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth century countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an "undead" murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her tales a colorful, elegant prose filled with the sights and smells and sounds of the period. She summons the ghosts of those women who counted for nothing in their own day and brings them to unforgettable life in fiction.

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