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The Trials of Laura FairSex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West$
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Carole Haber

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607580

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607597_Haber

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Epilogue The Many Faces of Laura Fair

Epilogue The Many Faces of Laura Fair

(p.207) Epilogue The Many Faces of Laura Fair
The Trials of Laura Fair

Carole Haber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the continuing interest in Laura Fair's story. With the passing of the years, she became an easily recognized symbol, her name alone used to evoke moral certainties. In the second decade of the twentieth century, the sudden death of her daughter and then her own demise led to a renewed interest in the nearly half-century-old story. Numerous writers took the opportunity to muse on her infamous past and its meaning for contemporary society. In the retelling of her life, however, authors transformed Laura from a complex and often difficult woman into one who fit broad, cultural stereotypes. Well into the twentieth century, her story continued to be refashioned to fit the prevailing assumptions of the times.

Keywords:   Laura Fair, women, symbol, life story

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