Kate Marsden was born and died in London, but in the intervening decades, she traversed thousands of miles - and engaged the patronage of two empresses - in her efforts to ameliorate the lot of lepers, from London to the Russian steppes. Her exploits and her writings about them both inspired and scandalized society. This week's podcast uses Marsden's career to discuss truth-telling, travel-writing, and Victorian ideas of virtue.
Kate Marsden, On Sledge and Horseback to Outcast Siberian Lepers (New York: Cassell, 1892)
Elizabeth Baigent, " 'One could never reckon up all her misstatements!' Lies and Deception in the Life and Texts of Kate Marsden, Traveller to Siberia in the 1890s," in: Women, Travel Writing, and Truth, ed. Clare Broome Saunders, 9-27. (Routledge 2015.)
Hilary Chapman, "The New Zealand Campaign against Kate Marsden, Traveler to Siberia," New Zealand Slavonic Journal 40 (2000), 123-40.
Dorothy Middleton, "Kate Marsden, 1859-1931," The Geographical Magazine 34 (1962), 651-57.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)