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Grace Elliot
October 5th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Have you ever wondered where the expression, “Publish and be damned” comes from?
In truth, I hadn’t stopped to think about it, not until I read the story of Harriette Wilson’s memoirs and the proverbial penny dropped.
In the 18<SUP>th</SUP> century Harriette Wilson was celebrated and adored – by her clientele, for Harriette was a courtesan, one of three prostitute sisters who banded together under the name of ‘the Three Graces.’
At a time when social etiquette was everything, Harriette’s attitude was:
“A fifty pound note is as good as an introduction.” <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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