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Jezebel's Daughter

Wilkie Collins
Edited by Jason David Hall

January 2016

ISBN: 9780198703211

304 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

This suspenseful case study in villainy pits the scheming Madame Fontaine against another strong woman, and a former inmate of Bedlam asylum. With its intricate plot and memorable characters, Jezebel's Daughter shares its sensational nature with Collins's major novels. This edition examines the Victorian fascination with criminality.

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This suspenseful case study in villainy pits the scheming Madame Fontaine against another strong woman, and a former inmate of Bedlam asylum. With its intricate plot and memorable characters, Jezebel's Daughter shares its sensational nature with Collins's major novels. This edition examines the Victorian fascination with criminality.

  • The only critical edition of Wilkie Collins's sensational tale of a scheming widow, willing to go to any lengths to secure her future and that of her daughter
  • Set in Germany, the novel features an intricate plot, memorable characters, and a climactic set-piece in the Frankfurt 'Deadhouse'
  • The novel's plot hinges on the battle between two strong women, and evokes the Victorian fascination with experimental science and medicine, and attitudes to madness and disability
  • The introduction considers the novel's fascination with science and the female poisoner, its relationship to Collins's other fiction and its sensational aspects, part crime mystery, part horror story
  • Includes a chronology of the author, select bibliography, and useful notes

About the Author(s)

Wilkie Collins

Edited by Jason David Hall, University of Exeter

Reviews

"An excellent sensation novel with some fascinating social history. Hooray for Oxford World's Classics for reprinting it." - Harriet Devine's Blog

"this book is a cracking good story exciting, twisty, thought-provoking and very unputdownable. On the evidence of Jezebel's Daughter, Collins was more than just a one (or two!) trick pony, and Im definitely up for reading more of his work!" - Karen Langley, Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings

"a lot to enjoy" - Lyn Baines, I Prefer Reading