East Lynne

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Oxford University Press, UK, Mar 10, 2005 - Fiction - 704 pages
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When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer, more is at stake than moral retribution. This edition returns for the first time to the racy, slang-ridden narrative of the first edition, rather than the subsequent stylistically 'improved' versions hitherto reproduced by modern editors. - ;'Coward! Sneak! May good men shun him, from henceforth! may his Queen refuse to receive him! You, an earl's daughter! Oh, Isabel! How utterly you have lost yourself!' When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer, more is at stake than moral retribution. Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who feared a breakdown of the social order as divorce became more readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family. In her novel the simple act of hiring a governess raises the spectres of murder, disguise, and adultery. Her sensation novel was devoured by readers from the Prince of Wales to Joseph Conrad and continued to fascinate theatre-goers and cinema audiences well into the next century. This edition returns for the first time to the racy, slang-ridden narrative of the first edition, rather than the subsequent stylistically 'improved' versions hitherto reproduced by modern editors. - ;Excellent introduction, nicely presented. -

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User Review  - Carolyn Owen-King - Goodreads

East Lynne; another sensation novel, another fallen woman. This is great; compelling and unpredictable. I found myself yelling at the book on several occasions when things went off in unexpected ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

Known but unknown is the life of Mrs. Henry Wood. Wood is one of the best sensation novelists of Victorian Literature. Lesser known than Wilkie Collins, and yet as prolific as Collins, Mrs. Wood ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Elisabeth Jay's published work includes a literary biography of Margaret Oliphant, an edition of Oliphant's autobiography (OUP) and her novel Miss Marjoribanks (Penguin), and a series of books on nineteenth-century literature and religion.

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