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English fellow examines 18th-Century personal ad

October  04, 2012

Dr, Margaret France, a visting fellowship instructor in English, presents her research on an 18th-Century personal ad.

In 1759, an anonymous 22-year-old woman placed an advertisement for a husband in the London Daily Advertiser that inspired an unusual sequel: a pamphlet purporting to collect her responses. Exploring the context of this woman's actions and the letters themselves reveals surprisingly familiar attitudes regarding matrimony and the dangers of virtual social networks.