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Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen

This zesty blend of bawdy entertainment and thoughtful coming-of-age story tantalizes the contemporary conscious.

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Review of ‘Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen’

Based on the 1726 story of a British woman who birthed rabbit parts, Dexter Palmer’s Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen brings the past to life with authenticity and unexpected relevance.

The novel opens as Zachary, an apprentice, accompanies his master, surgeon John Howard, to a traveling exhibition of medical curiosities. Shortly afterward, Howard’s patient,…

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