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Lady Audley's Secret

Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Author

Russell Crofts - Introduction by

Jenny Bourne Taylor - Editor

Jenny Bourne Taylor - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140435849 | 480 pages | 01 Oct 1998 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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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, serves as a commentary on the rise of the middle class and the consumer culture, and her fate reflects the public’s fascination with psychological theories about the nature of identity and the definition of madness.
‘She may boast, without fear of contradiction, in having temporarily succeeded in making the literature of the Kitchen the favourite reading of the Drawing room.’