Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Strangers & Pilgrims (3024 words)

Strangers and Pilgrims by Mary Elizabeth Braddon was serialised in twelve monthly instalments between November 1872 and October 1873 in the Belgravia magazine she edited from 1866 to 1876. It was subsequently published in boards in 1873 by Maxwell of London, at the height of the conflict between those who sought to maintain, or extend, the provisions of the Contagious Diseases Acts (1864, 1866 and 1869), and those who sought to repeal the inequitable legislation that aimed to protect British troops from venereal disease by examining women who were suspected of prostitution, and by detaining infected women. In the same year in which the novel’s serialisation commenced, the Home Secretary published a bill that contained an …

Russell, Anne-Louise. "Strangers & Pilgrims". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 August 2015
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