Saturday, 3 January 2015

Born Innocent - Creighton Brown Burnham

"Behind the walls of a girls' reformatory"



PYRAMID BOOKS F-729
NEW YORK, USA
SECOND PRINTING MAY 1962
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY PRENTICE-HALL MAY 1958
COVER ART BY BOB MAGUIRE

THESE WERE HER GIRLS
LETA, who longed for mothering and a home-and found them in the same establishment her horrified father visited for entertainment...

8-year-old SHIRLEY whose "services" had been sold by her parents-and who still believed in Santa Claus...

SUSE, the crafty forger, who had lived in nineteen foster homes since she was abandoned by a drunken father and mother who didn't care...

13-year-old DEBBY, rented by her mother to a neighborhood man for weekly pay...

Drunkenness, prostitution, robbery, arson and murder. The 276 girls in this reform school had committed every crime imaginable, and an inexperienced housewife and teacher suddenly found herself the warden in charge of them all. Armed only with compassion and determination (and happily ignorant of what lay ahead), Mrs. Burnham was to live with violence, vice and danger for the next ten years.

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