Lady Audley's Secret

Lady Audley's Secret

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by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Robert Giddings
     
 

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Mary Elizabeth Braddon knows much that ladies are not accustomed to know."  —Henry James

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:
9781843549062
Publisher:
Atlantic Books
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Series:
Crime Classics Series
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915) published almost 90 books during her long career, including The Doctor's Wife and The Trail of the Serpent. Robert Giddings is an eminent literary critic who reviews for such publications as the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the Sunday Times.

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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!