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- Publication Date:1900
Oliver Wendell Holmes's 1861 novel tells the story of a neurotic young woman whose mother was bitten by a rattlesnake while pregnant, essentially making her daughter half-woman, half-snake. The novel explores medical complexities, psychology, the origins of behavior and the certainties of religion. The novel bears a resemblance to Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Rappaccini's Daughter", a tale which explored original sin several years before Elsie Venner was published.
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