Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley's Secret

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by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
     
 

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it only rests with yourself to become Lady Audley, and the mistress of Audley Court' When beautiful young Lucy Graham accepts the hand of Sir Michael Audley, her fortune and her future look secure. But Lady Audley's past is shrouded in mystery, and to Sir Michael's nephew Robert, she is not all that she seems. When his good friend George Talboys suddenly disappears

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it only rests with yourself to become Lady Audley, and the mistress of Audley Court' When beautiful young Lucy Graham accepts the hand of Sir Michael Audley, her fortune and her future look secure. But Lady Audley's past is shrouded in mystery, and to Sir Michael's nephew Robert, she is not all that she seems. When his good friend George Talboys suddenly disappears, Robert is determined to find him, and to unearth the truth. His quest reveals a tangled story of lies and deception, crime and intrigue, whose sensational twists turn the conventional picture of Victorian womanhood on its head. Can Robert's darkest suspicions really be true? Lady Audley's Secret was an immediate bestseller, and readers have enjoyed its thrilling plot ever since its first publication in 1862. This new edition explores Braddon's portrait of her scheming heroine in the context of the nineteenth-century sensation novel and the lively, often hostile debates it provoked. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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:
9780191622212
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
01/12/2012
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Lyn Pykett was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth for seven years until her retirement in 2010. She is the author of works on Emily Brontë and Charles Dickens and on the sensation novel, and has edited Braddon's The Doctor's Wife for OWC. She is also the author of the OWC Authors in Context volume on Wilkie Collins.

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Lady Audley's Secret 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The spelling errors and typos are so bad, it made me wonder if they had been put in on purpose. Entire pages had been turned into unreadable strings of gibberish. In one spot, the word "you" was misspelled as "yoa" four times in a row. But I had been expecting this from previous free nook books I have gotten from Barnes and Noble. What I wasn't expecting, was that part three would be missing completely. An entire 1/3 of the book, is not included. I had to look it up online to figure out why it seemed to end on a cliffhanger. While I understand that I get what I paid for, I am deeply disappointed that B&N would offer sub-par material on their site, without any kind of warning about the incomplete nature of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has too many typos that I couldn't tell if this is just volume II. For certain, volume III is missing. I'd prefer that incomplete books be deleted from B&N's library, even if they are free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book full of drama and intrigue. I loved the character Lady Audley. My version is typo free. I have the Philtre Libre version.
Pat_Priss More than 1 year ago
Tough read, very dry. I couldn't get into it. Perhaps a more persistent or patient reader would find it more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sentences are so long that the subject is ,sometimes, lost. Probably, a good story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an enjoyable read. The sudden disappearance of a man causes his very dear friend to go on a relentless and tireless search for him. The author did a good job unraveling the mystery. It would be interesting to compare Lady Audley to Wilkie Colins main female character in the woman in white. Both characters are strong female characters but this author goes beyond that by trying to show how manipulative and deceitful the character lady audley is. The author also blends in some social commentary which I think added depth to the story. I truly loved the ending line of the book. I recomend!
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A must-read story for lovers of Victorian fiction, but I'd recommend another version. This Barnes and Noble publication has so many typos it's distracting!
seaaggie17 More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book, very suspenseful. It makes you want to keep on reading. I had to read this book for my British Literature class and the whole class found it very good.
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Rosiolady More than 1 year ago
Braddon doesn't hold a candle to Jane Austin! TEDIOUS! Never has anyone said so little with so many words, even given the approved-style of the Victorian era. I don't recommend it!