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Published: 15 June 2008

694 Pages

ISBN: 9780199536030

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East Lynne

Ellen Wood
(Mrs Henry Wood) and Edited by Elisabeth Jay

Oxford World's Classics

  • Perhaps the best known "sensation novel" of all time, East Lynne is a fast-paced tale of suspense and melodrama featuring adultery, a villainous seducer, illegitimacy, murder, deception, and disguise
  • The first modern edition to reproduce the first, three-volume edition of 1861, which preserves the racy, slang-ridden flavor of Wood's orignal narrative, which was subsequently toned down to make the novel more refined
  • Elisabeth Jay's introduction discusses sensation literature, the marriage laws of the time, fears of social promiscuity and middle-class anxieties, Ellen Wood's career and the long after-life of the novel on stage and screeen
  • Up-to-date bibliography and helpful notes

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