Penguin Pocket Classics Lady Audley's Secret (Victorian Bestsellers)

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The most beautiful gifts may contain the most terrible poison Robert Audley should be delighted that his uncle has found such a pretty young bride, even if her past is shrouded in mystery. But when his old friend Talboys, mourning the loss of his wife, is treated oddly by Lady Audley, then goes suddenly and strangely missing, Robert has no choice but to begin investigations into the enigmatic young woman. What Robert is about to find behind the façade of a perfect lady may be worse than he could ever have imagined...

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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 Journal serialization of the novel, extracts from two Victorian dramatizations of the work, satirical commentaries, and contemporary reviews.

About the Author:

Mary E Braddon (1835-1915) began writing at the age of eight but it was not until she won an admirer as an actress that she could settle down to write serial fiction. She became a bestselling 'sensation' author and was read avidly by Tennyson, Dickens and Thackery. She wrote over eighty novels.

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