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Marginalia: Dexter Palmer On His Curious Blend Of Fact And Fiction

Bill Wadman

It's often said that fact is stranger than fiction. Dexter Palmer took fact and created fiction in Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen, a fictional story based on a factual Mary Toft who, in 1726, convinced the medical community that she was giving birth to rabbits.

I recently spoke with Dexter Palmer about this strange story. Here's our conversation:


Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer is published by Pantheon.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.