Lady Baltimore [NOOK Book]

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Lady Audley's Secret (1862) subtly undermined the Victorian myth that female self-assertion was a form of insanity. At the same time it established the prolific Mary Elizabeth Braddon as a leading 'sensation' novelist, a rival to the master of the genre, Wilkie Collins. Flouting the Victorian convention of the 'blue-eyed wax-doll' heroine, Braddon presented a sexually attractive woman with great depth and complexity of character: a woman, as one contemporary critic put it, 'high-strung...full of passion, purpose,...
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Lady Baltimore

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Overview

Lady Audley's Secret (1862) subtly undermined the Victorian myth that female self-assertion was a form of insanity. At the same time it established the prolific Mary Elizabeth Braddon as a leading 'sensation' novelist, a rival to the master of the genre, Wilkie Collins. Flouting the Victorian convention of the 'blue-eyed wax-doll' heroine, Braddon presented a sexually attractive woman with great depth and complexity of character: a woman, as one contemporary critic put it, 'high-strung...full of passion, purpose, and movement - very liable to error'. This novel can now be seen as an anticipation of Ibsen's great dramas, and as an unabashed bid for feeedom from the constraints of Victorian womanhood.

Written at the turn of the century and published in 1906, this work evokes the charm of old, post Civil War Charleston in contrast to the values of the faster paced North.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940018784265
  • Publisher: New York ; London : The Macmillan Company
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1906 volume
  • File size: 535 KB

Meet the Author

Owen Wister (1860-1938), a native of Philadelphia with Southern ancestry, attended Harvard University and practiced law in his native city. An author of short fiction as well as novels, his best-known work is The Virginian.
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