Lady Audley's Secret (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 
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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Lady Audley's Secret (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview


This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411468566
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 896,545
  • File size: 555 KB

Meet the Author


Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915) became a best-selling author in 1862 with Lady Audley's Secret. The twenty-seven-year-old's route to fame led from a broken home, through a clandestine seven years as an actress, to a bigamous relationship with the publisher who first revealed Lady Audley to the world as a serial in one of his magazines. Surviving scandal and critical scorn, Braddon became one of the most celebrated and respected authors of the nineteenth century.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Incomplete

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Agree with previous reviewer

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    This is a great book full of drama and intrigue. I loved the cha

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2009

    This edition is riddled with typos!

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2015

    Tough read

    Tough read, very dry. I couldn't get into it. Perhaps a more persistent or patient reader would find it more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Too verbose

    Sentences are so long that the subject is ,sometimes, lost. Probably, a good story line.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Braddon doesn't hold a candle to Jane Austin! TEDIOUS! Never h

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Surprisingly good book

    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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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    great book

    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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