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Weeds A Story in Seven Chapters

Jerome, Jerome Klapka & Carolyn W. De La L. Oulton

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ISBN 10: 1906469407 / ISBN 13: 9781906469405
Published by Victorian Secrets, Brighton, 2012
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Light shelfwear. Interior is clean and crisp. ; 8.90 X 5.98 X 0.31 inches; 101 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 221349

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Title: Weeds A Story in Seven Chapters

Publisher: Victorian Secrets, Brighton

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

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First published anonymously in 1892, Weeds marked a significant departure from the humour that made Jerome K. Jerome famous. This disturbing story of sexual corruption shows marital fidelity as a perpetual struggle, with Dick Selwyn falling for the attractions of his wife's young cousin, Jessie. The link between mental and physical corruption is sustained through a central metaphor of a weed-infested garden, which perishes through neglect. With its radical ending, this story of the dark side of passion casts an important light on late-nineteenth-century sexual politics and gender ideology. Jerome engages with contemporary debates on degeneration and the emergence of the New Woman, offering a powerful evocation of fin-de-siècle society. Jerome's publisher Arrowsmith was nervous about the book's frank portrayal of adultery and it was never available for general sale during his lifetime. This new edition, with a critical introduction, bibliography and explanatory footnotes by Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton, reconsiders Jerome K. Jerome's important and neglected work.

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