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Lady Audley’s Secret

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Lady Audley’s Secret has been called "the most sensationally successful of all the sensational novels". The success of the book, along with Mary Elizabeth Braddon's other bestseller, Aurora Floyd, established the author as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, Lady Audley was described by one critic of the time as "high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement." Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England. The story centres on "accidental bigamy" which was in literary fashion in the early 1860s. The plot was summarised by literary critic Elaine Showalter (1982): "Braddon's bigamous heroine deserts her child, pushes husband number one down a well, thinks about poisoning husband number two and sets fire to a hotel in which her other male acquaintances are residing".
Elements of the novel mirror themes of the real-life Constance Kent case of June 1860 which gripped the nation for years. The follow-up novel (Aurora Floyd) appeared in 1863. There have been three silent film adaptations, one UK television version in 2000, and three minor stage adaptations.
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Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837 - 1915) begann schon früh zu schreiben und heiratete 1874 den Verleger John Maxwell. Das Gesamtwerk der Autorin, nahezu achtzig Bücher, war jahrzehntelang "Lesefutter für ein breites Publikum" und wurde auch von Kritikern gerühmt.
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Erscheinungsdatum 16.01.2017
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A Lady with a mysterious Past
von Mag aus Berlin am 26.02.2012
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When widowed Sir Michael Audley from Audley Court sets eyes on a young, pretty governess he is taken in on the spot and almost immediately takes her home as his new bride. He is totally besotted and proud to present Lady Audley to his relatives - his daughter and... When widowed Sir Michael Audley from Audley Court sets eyes on a young, pretty governess he is taken in on the spot and almost immediately takes her home as his new bride. He is totally besotted and proud to present Lady Audley to his relatives - his daughter and his nephew Robert, who has come to see Audley Court. Robert is accompanied by his old friend George Talboy, who is mourning the sudden death of his beloved wife Helen shortly before his return from Australia. But shortly after their arrival at Audley Court George suddenly mysteriously disappears. There is no sign of him anywhere, nor can his body be found. Robert meticulously takes up a thorough search for his missing friend, leading him all over England to all the places George has ever visited - London, George's family home, his wife's burial place ...... but nowhere there is the slightest trace of George. But somehow Lady Audley's past seems to be connected to George, leading Robert to an unbelievable suspicion: Could it be that his uncle's new wife is a murderess? Robert simply has to get to the bottom of it all! Mary E. Braddon was a well known author in the Victorian age and she sure knew how to keep her readers interested from first page to last! Revealing more and more details on the male protagonist's search for truth, Braddon slowly but surely builds up incredible suspense, leading the reader along with Robert to numerous suspicions, to finally solve all problems with a surprise ending. Along with it Braddon also creates an unusual female protagonist who certainly is not a typical submissive 19th century wife who obediently follows her husbands orders but an almost modern woman who has a mind of her own and deviously tries to force her own way. Absolutely recommendable! (This comment refers to another edition of the book.)