Standard Name: Catchpole, Margaret
Birth Name: Margaret Catchpole
was a late eighteenth-century labouring-class woman whose extraordinary experience as a transported felon propelled her (through the influence of , her employer and an active woman writer) to express herself in letters, of which eleven are extant. A copy of her confession also survives. These writings, as well as her life-story, were thoroughly appropriated by a nineteenth-century novelistic version. Even recent and sophisticated commentators have found it hard to separate her voice from still-continuing ventriloquism.
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