Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley's Secret

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by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton, Mary Elizabeth Braddon
     
 

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Murder, mystery, mistaken identity, madness, bigamy, adultery: These were the special ingredients that made the sensation novel so delectable to the Victorian palate. Readers who devoured Lady Audley's Secret were thrilled and frightened by its inversion of the ideal Victorian heroine. Lady Audley looks like the angel-in-the-house ideal of Victorian

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Murder, mystery, mistaken identity, madness, bigamy, adultery: These were the special ingredients that made the sensation novel so delectable to the Victorian palate. Readers who devoured Lady Audley's Secret were thrilled and frightened by its inversion of the ideal Victorian heroine. Lady Audley looks like the angel-in-the-house ideal of Victorian womanhood-she is blonde, fragile, and childlike-but her behavior is distinctly villainous. At a time when Victorian women were beginning to rebel against their limited roles as wives and mothers, novels such as Lady Audley's Secret spoke to their secret longings and fantasies.

Genteel women readers, slaving away as governesses in other people's families, could share the fantasy of poor Lucy, suddenly made a lady by her marriage to Sir Michael. Part detective story, part domestic drama, Lady Audley's Secret became a runaway bestseller of its era. Nearly a century and a half since it was first published, Lady Audley's Secret has lost none of its ability to disturb and captivate readers.

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“This impressive, scholarly new edition brings together a wealth of supplementary material, much of which is almost unobtainable elsewhere. Several fascinating appendices include contemporary parodies of the novel, extracts from stage versions, contemporary criticism and well-chosen extracts from Braddon’s other work. Natalie Houston’s scholarly introduction provides useful insights into Braddon’s life and work. This edition will be invaluable to anyone studying or teaching the novel, or just reading it for enjoyment.” — Chris Willis, Birkbeck College

“This intelligent edition offers a wonderful introduction not just to Lady Audley’s Secret, but to the whole publishing phenomenon of sensation fiction. By emphasizing questions of alterable identity, the new Victorian culture of information, and the relationship of fiction to other media, Natalie Houston compellingly brings home the connection of this novel with many important issues today.” — Kate Flint, Rutgers University

Chris Willis Birkbeck College
"This impressive, scholarly new edition brings together a wealth of supplementary material, much of which is almost unobtainable elsewhere. Several fascinating appendices include contemporary parodies of the novel, extracts from stage versions, contemporary criticism and well-chosen extracts from Braddon's other work. Natalie Houston's scholarly introduction provides useful insights into Braddon's life and work. This edition will be invaluable to anyone studying or teaching the novel, or just reading it for enjoyment."
Kate Flint Rutgers University
"This intelligent edition offers a wonderful introduction not just to Lady Audley's Secret, but to the whole publishing phenomenon of sensation fiction. By emphasizing questions of alterable identity, the new Victorian culture of information, and the relationship of fiction to other media, Natalie Houston compellingly brings home the connection of this novel with many important issues today."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192817419
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/13/1990
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
4.64(w) x 7.27(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Natalie M. Houston is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston.

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History_Detective More than 1 year ago
I purchased this download (not a sample) because several reviews of this title that were free versions contained typo's. After paying $3.99 and reading the first 123 pages I discovered that this is not the complete book. On my Nook it starts with Page 1, Chapter 1, but after checking the actual printed book I discovered that my download was actually starting with Chapter XXXII. Which explains the storyline problems! No where does it state that this is only a portion of the book in the overview. Total number of pages also are not mentioned anywhere. Customer Service told me there was nothing they could do. No refund. I will have to pay $10.99 now if I want a full version of the book and suggested I select a different version to download.
Rosiolady More than 1 year ago
When I ordered this book I wasn't aware that this author was popular at about the same time as Jane Austin. I gather she was very popular then, but I found her writing style way too tedious and overly emotive for me to stick with. Way way overly descriptive of emotional content for my taste. I didn't finish reading the book.
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