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Lady Audley's Secret (1862)

door Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Lady Audley's Secret(1862) was one of the most widely read novels in the Victorian period. The novel exemplifies "sensation fiction" in featuring a beautiful criminal heroine, an amateur detective, blackmail, arson, violence, and plenty of suspenseful action. To its contemporary readers, it also offered the thrill of uncovering blackmail and criminal violence within the homes of the upper class. The novel makes trenchant critiques of Victorian gender roles and social stereotypes, and it creates significant sympathy for the heroine, despite her criminal acts, as she suffers from the injustices of the "marriage market" and rebels against them. This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a broad selection of primary source material, including reproductions of the twenty-two woodcut illustrations from the London Journalserialization of the novel, extracts from two Victorian dramatizations of the work, satirical commentaries, and contemporary reviews.… (meer)
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When I started this book I had no idea that it was written in 1862! I was just amazed at the use of language and how flowery and detailed it was. This was a great read with lots of plot twists and high drama. I loved that the author threw in some of the most popular writers of the day into the verbiage, especially Wilkie Collins whose work I love. Highly recommended indeed;) ( )
  erinclark | Mar 16, 2021 |
A classic mystery in the vein of Rebecca. The titular secret doesn't remain a mystery for long, but the writing pulls you in and the characters make you invested. In the beginning, Lucy's marriage is announced and a man named George returns from Australia with a new fortune. As their paths cross and everyone's histories are revealed, greed and selfishness cause pain.

“The Eastern potentate who declared that women were at the bottom of all mischief, should have gone a little further and seen why it is so. It is because women are never lazy. They don’t know what it is to be quiet. They are Semiramides, and Cleopatras, and Joan of Arcs, Queen Elizabeths, and Catharine the Seconds, and they riot in battle, and murder, and clamour, and desperation. If they can’t agitate the universe and play at ball with hemispheres, they’ll make mountains of warfare and vexation out of domestic molehills; and social storms in household teacups. Forbid them to hold forth upon the freedom of nations and the wrongs of mankind, and they’ll quarrel with Mrs Jones about the shape of a mantle or the character of a small maid-servant. To call them the weaker sex is to utter a hideous mockery. They are the stronger sex, the nosier, the more persevering, the most self-assertive sex.”

“He forgot that love, which is a madness, and a scourge, and a fever, and a delusion, and a snare, is also a mystery, and very imperfectly understood by everyone except the individual sufferer who writhes under its tortures.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Nov 10, 2020 |
I love everything about this. The fact that the 2000 production of this features Jamie Bamber is just gravy.

Also, Elizabeth Klett's Librivox recording is supergood.

Time to read/listen to some Wilkie Collins! ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
Victorian novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon is little known today, but in her time she was a prolific writer of sensation novels, a la Wilkie Collins, and this is this is her best known novel. I really enjoyed it and it contains a heady mix of powerful themes, bigamy, changes of identity, treachery, murder, revenge, insanity and domestic abuse. That said, like many Victorian novels, the characters are rather one dimensional and sometimes hard to distinguish, especially the female ones. Atmospherically written, on the strength of this, and some of her short ghost stories I have read in various collections over the years, I would read more novels by Braddon. ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 9, 2020 |
Ah, I loved this. Victorian popular fiction is always so much fun. This has plenty of drama to add excitement to the lovely mid-1800s writing and an excellent use of dramatic irony for the first part of the book. I'm excited that Braddon wrote so many books and am eager to read more. ( )
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Mary Elizabeth Braddonprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Klett, ElizabethVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Leighton, LordArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Pykett, LynRedacteurSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Skilton, DavidRedacteurSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Stevenson, JulietVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Taylor, Jenny BourneRedacteurSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Dedicated to the Right Hon. Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart., M.P., D.C.L, &c., &c., in grateful acknowledgement of literary advice most generously given to the Author.
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Lady Audley's Secret(1862) was one of the most widely read novels in the Victorian period. The novel exemplifies "sensation fiction" in featuring a beautiful criminal heroine, an amateur detective, blackmail, arson, violence, and plenty of suspenseful action. To its contemporary readers, it also offered the thrill of uncovering blackmail and criminal violence within the homes of the upper class. The novel makes trenchant critiques of Victorian gender roles and social stereotypes, and it creates significant sympathy for the heroine, despite her criminal acts, as she suffers from the injustices of the "marriage market" and rebels against them. This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a broad selection of primary source material, including reproductions of the twenty-two woodcut illustrations from the London Journalserialization of the novel, extracts from two Victorian dramatizations of the work, satirical commentaries, and contemporary reviews.

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