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All seems well and good when young Lucy Graham marries Sir Michael Audley; she has married well and Sir Michael is thoroughly devoted to his new bride. His daughter Alicia, however, sees through her new stepmother's girlish ways. Shortly after the wedding, Sir Michael's nephew, the attractive but lazy barrister Robert Audley, welcomes back to England an old friend of his, George Talboys. The pair visit the Audley Court, where George disappears in mysterious circumstances. Robert Audley is spurred into action, taking up the case of his missing friend with a newfound passion and energy. Like the best detective novels, and with some wonderful melodrama, the plot unravels at great pace until the truth is revealed about Lady Audley's secret.
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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 Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915) published almost 90 books during her long career, including The Doctor's Wife and The Trail of the Serpent.
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