East Lynneby Mrs. Henry Wood, Lisa Evans (Adapted by)
East Lynne was first written as a serial and appeared in the New Monthly Magazine from January 1860 through September 1861. Its combination of suspense, doomed love, scandal and tragic remorse made it immensely successful and it has remained the most famous and widely read of Mrs. Henry Wood's novels. Although no more melodramatic than others of her books, at
East Lynne was first written as a serial and appeared in the New Monthly Magazine from January 1860 through September 1861. Its combination of suspense, doomed love, scandal and tragic remorse made it immensely successful and it has remained the most famous and widely read of Mrs. Henry Wood's novels. Although no more melodramatic than others of her books, at the center of East Lynne is a development that strains credulity more severely than her other works; but the situation that transpires when Isabel Vane returns to East Lynne was one that readers found unforgettable. . . .
“This is a splendid edition. Its introduction is an authoritative and up to date guide to the novel and its context. A generous and judicious selection of contemporary reviews of East Lynne and the sensation novel further amplify the context, and provide an excellent resource for students.” Lyn Pykett, University of Wales-Aberystwyth
“In his introduction, Andrew Maunder suggests that East Lynne may be ‘one of the most famous unread works in the English language.’ This immensely readable and teachable edition should help to preserve its fame while increasing its readership. Maunder locates the novel in its various contextssocial, historical, and literaryfocusing especially on the material conditions of the novel’s publication, and the various “woman questions” of the middle nineteenth century. The supplemental materials are thorough and well-chosen, and for the selections from T. A. Palmer’s theatrical adaptation alone, the Broadview edition would be my choice for teaching.” Elisabeth Rose Gruner, University of Richmond
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(Elisabeth Rose Gruner, University of Richmond)
(Lyn Pykett, University of WalesAberystwyth)
Meet the Author
Ellen Wood (1814 - 1887) was better known as Mrs. Henry Wood. She is perhaps remembered most for her 1861 novel East Lynne but many of her books became international best-sellers, being widely received in the United States and surpassing Charles Dickens' fame in Australia.
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Women didn't always have it as comfortable as they do now. East Lynne is a Victorian tragedy with all the span of emotions the Victorians can muster. Should appeal to a wide range of readers.
If you love the great stories of love and intrigue written by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, you'll love this book. I could not put it down!