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Published: 12 January 2012

448 Pages


ISBN: 9780199577033

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Lady Audley's Secret

New Edition

Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Edited by Lyn Pykett

Oxford World's Classics

  • A publishing sensation in its day, Lady Audley's Secret is a thrilling novel of deception and villainy in which the golden-haired heroine is not at all what she seems; a classic Victorian tale of mystery and suspense in a lively new edition.
  • Lyn Pykett's introduction explores Braddon's fascinating tale of bigamy, murder, impersonation, and blackmail in the context of the nineteenth-century sensation novel and Braddon's immensely successful career.
  • Braddon's terrific plot touches on many contemporary social concerns such as class, madness, and the separate roles of men and women.
  • The edition pays particular attention to the publishing market of the day and to the differences between the serialized versions and the volume edition.
  • Thorough notes elucidate literary and historical allusions and shed light on the social mores of the day.
  • Up to date bibliography and full chronology of Braddon's life, work, and context.

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by Lyn Pykett.
  • Detailed Note on the Text on the history of the novel's serial and volume publication and differences between them.
  • Up to date bibliography.
  • Expanded notes by Lyn Pykett.
  • Text reset for improved appearance.

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