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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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I knew going in that this book would drag along; I just hadn't realized how badly.
The hero wishes to discover what happened to his dearest friend -- the man seems to... Read more
Disappointing. Slow moving, over-emphasis on descriptions of places, erratic moves from one character to another. Couldn't finish.Published 3 months ago by DebC
Well conceived sensation novel, which was a sub-genre of Vitorian literature, like Wilkie Collins' "Woman in While." Enjoyable page turner but short on gravitas.Published 4 months ago by G Bell
Interesting book written in antiquated 19th century style. Excellent plot with interesting characters, would have been a bestseller in its time..Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is the only book, in the course of a lifetime of reading, of which I would actually recommend that people read the abridged version. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Middlemarch
I loved this book and the old style.People used more good language then and even I had to look lots of them up,it was a great read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Menoli
I likened parts of this book. But are you saying in the 1800 's those people used slang like! I'm just saying or used words like Refrigerators like Mr Audley's cousin the word when... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a Victorian novel is all senses of the term -- written a couple of decades into the start of the Victorian era, set in Victorian society, and written for a Victorian... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Sandman