Lady Audley's Secret

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April 1998



A huge commercial success when it was published in 1862, Lady Audley's Secret epitomized the scandalous and irresistible "sensation" fiction of the period and established Braddon as the doyenne of the genre. Lady Audley, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past, rises from governess to become the selfish and shamelessly acquisitive wife of an aristocrat. Her ruthless ambition and her vulgar tastes serve as commentary on the rise of the middle class and the consumer culture; her ultimate fate reflects the public's fascination with psychological theories about the nature of identity and the definition of madness.


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. Jenny Bourne Taylor studied at York and Warwick universities and is currently a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex. She has published widely.
EAN: 9780140435849
ISBN: 0140435840
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1998
Seitenanzahl: 512 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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