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Published: 31 August 2009

512 Pages

ISBN: 9780199555499

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Margaret Oliphant
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Philip Davis and Brian Nellist

Oxford World's Classics

  • This is the only edition of this enthralling novel whose story is as gripping as all the most popular classics.
  • Margaret Oliphant's star is rising, and publication of this affordable edition will give her a more prominent profile on literature courses and among reading groups and general readers.
  • The story centres on two fascinating women, one young, one older, who are both drawn with extraordinary psychological depth, and a cast of supporting characters which paints a complete society.
  • The introduction constitutes a new critical appraisal of Mrs Oliphant and her brand of feminism, the role of women in society, the economic background to the financial crises in the novel, and the realist novel.
  • The notes contextualize the references to fashion, dances, literary allusions and so on.