Have you ever paused to wonder 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 18th 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.” >>
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