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Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915)

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About the Author

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, the daughter of a solicitor, was educated privately. As a young woman, she acted under an assumed name for three years in order to support herself and her mother. In 1860 she met John Maxwell, a publisher of periodicals, whose wife was in an asylum for the insane. Braddon näytä lisää acted as stepmother to Maxwell's five children and bore him five illegitimate children before the couple married, in 1874, when Maxwell's wife died. Braddon's most famous novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), was first published serially in Robin Goodfellow and The Sixpenny Magazine. One of the earliest sensationalist novels, it sold nearly one million copies during Braddon's lifetime. Its plot involves bigamy, the protagonist's desertion of her child, her murder of her first husband, and her thoughts of poisoning her second husband. The novel shocked and outraged her contemporary, Margaret Oliphant, who said Braddon had invented "the fair-haired demon of modern fiction." Throughout her long literary career, during which she wrote more than 80 novels and edited several magazines, Braddon was often excoriated for her penchant for sensationalizing violence, crime, and sexual indiscretion. Nevertheless, Braddon had many well-known devotees, among them William Makepeace Thackeray, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Braddon died in 1915. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Lady Audley's Secret (1862) 2,650 kappaletta
Aurora Floyd (1863) 302 kappaletta
The Doctor's Wife (1864) 240 kappaletta
The Christmas Hirelings (1894) 200 kappaletta
The Trail of the Serpent (1861) 183 kappaletta
John Marchmont's Legacy (1863) 73 kappaletta
Wyllard's Weird (1886) 41 kappaletta
The Lawyer's Secret (1862) 37 kappaletta
Charlotte's Inheritance (1868) 33 kappaletta
Vixen (1879) 30 kappaletta
The Fatal Three (1888) 27 kappaletta
Eleanor's Victory (1863) 26 kappaletta
Run to Earth (1867) 23 kappaletta
Birds of Prey (1867) 22 kappaletta
Thou Art the Man (1894) 20 kappaletta
Phantom Fortune, a Novel (1883) 17 kappaletta
Fenton's Quest (1871) 14 kappaletta
Dead Love Has Chains (1906) 11 kappaletta
Good Lady Ducayne (2004) 9 kappaletta
The Lovels of Arden (1871) 9 kappaletta
The Golden Calf (1883) 8 kappaletta
The Cold Embrace (2005) 5 kappaletta
The White Phantom (1862) 5 kappaletta
Lady Lisle (1862) 5 kappaletta
The Mohawks (1886) 5 kappaletta
His Darling Sin (1899) 5 kappaletta
Milly Darrell (1873) 5 kappaletta
Sons of fire, : a novel (2018) 4 kappaletta
Beyond These Voices (2017) 4 kappaletta
Ishmael A novel (1884) 4 kappaletta
Le secret de la Ferme-Grise (2004) 4 kappaletta
The Captain Of The Vulture (1862) 4 kappaletta
Milly Darrell and Other Tales (2007) 3 kappaletta
The Shadow In The Corner (2004) 3 kappaletta
Aurora Floyd Volume 3 of 3 (2015) 3 kappaletta
Eveline's Visitant (2016) 3 kappaletta
Aurora Floyd, Volume 1 (2010) 3 kappaletta
Collected Stories (2012) 3 kappaletta
Circe (1867) 3 kappaletta
The Venetians (1892) 3 kappaletta
Cut by the County (1886) 3 kappaletta
Rough justice (1898) 3 kappaletta
Dead Men's Shoes (2018) 2 kappaletta
Rupert Godwin 2 kappaletta
Vixen, Volume II. (2012) 2 kappaletta
Vixen, Volume I (2011) 2 kappaletta
In high places (2002) 2 kappaletta
Like and Unlike 2 kappaletta
Dead Men's Shoes: Vol. II (2002) 2 kappaletta
The Classic Gothic Horror Collection (2021) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Asphodel 2 kappaletta
During her majesty's pleasure (2002) 2 kappaletta
The white house 1 kappale
Dead Men's Shoes: Volume I (2002) 1 kappale
One thing needful (2009) 1 kappale
Phantom Fortune: Volume 3 (2002) 1 kappale
The Conflict 1 kappale
The lady's mile 1 kappale
The Blue Lenses / Eveline's Visitant — Tekijä — 1 kappale
Lady Ducayne (2018) 1 kappale
The Day Will Come: Volume 2 (2002) 1 kappale
Miranda (1913) 1 kappale
Only a woman 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (1987) — Avustaja — 879 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Avustaja — 537 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (1976) — Avustaja — 504 kappaletta
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Avustaja — 329 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women (2001) — Avustaja — 283 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories (1995) — Avustaja — 165 kappaletta
The Supernatural Omnibus (1931) — Avustaja — 139 kappaletta
The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (1988) — Avustaja — 132 kappaletta
The Lifted Veil: Women's 19th Century Stories (2005) — Avustaja — 112 kappaletta
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two (2017) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women (2012) — Avustaja — 69 kappaletta
Children of the Night (2007) — Tekijä — 67 kappaletta
Haunted House Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
The Giant Book of Ghost Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 55 kappaletta
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta
Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Victorian Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (1996) — Avustaja — 48 kappaletta
Women of the Weird: Eerie Stories by the Gentle Sex (1976) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Cornish Horrors: Tales from the Land's End (2021) — Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
Terror by Gaslight: More Victorian Tales of Terror (1975) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries (2021) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
A Treasury of Victorian Detective Stories (1979) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
Vintage Vampire Stories (2011) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories (2006) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
Classic Ghost Stories: Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas (2017) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
In the Shadow of Dracula (2011) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Enter at Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices (2011) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
A Treasury of Victorian ghost stories (1981) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
Nineteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (1996) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories (2004) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Sisters in Crime: Early Crime and Mystery Stories by Women (2013) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Horror by Lamplight (1993) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
Tales to Freeze the Blood: More Great Ghost Stories (2006) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
The Cold Embrace: Weird Stories by Women (2016) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Victorian Tales of Terror (1974) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Lost Souls Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance (2014) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
My First Book (1894) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Avenging Angels: Ghost Stories by Victorian Women Writers (2018) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume I (2005) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Murder by gaslight, Victorian tales — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Klassisia kauhukertomuksia (2021) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
Braddon, M.E.
Virallinen nimi
Braddon, Mary Elizabeth
Muut nimet
White, Babington
Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, England, UK
London, England, UK
Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Londen, England, Groot-Brittannië
Richmond, Surrey, England, Groot-Brittannië
privately educated
short story writer
Maxwell, W. B. (son)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Mary Elizabeth Braddon was born in London and her parents separated when she was five years old. Mary worked as an actress to support herself and her mother. In 1860, she met John Maxwell, a publisher, and began living with him despite the fact that he was married with five children; his wife was in an asylum in Ireland. Mary acted as a stepmother to the children until 1874, when Maxwell's wife died and they were able to marry. They had six children together, including the future writer William Babington (W.B.) Maxwell. Mary was an extremely prolific writer, producing more than 80 novels and numerous short stories. In 1866, she founded Belgravia, a lavishly illustrated magazine that published serialized novels, poems, travel narratives, and essays on fashion, history and science.



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OMG - where has Mary Elizabeth Braddon been all my life? She was a contemporary of Dickens, the precursor of Wilkie Collins, and (the foreward argues) instrumental in establishing the detective fiction genre - so you'd think her works would be more widely available. Alas, no - female writers of "sensational fiction" weren't taken seriously back in the 19th century and didn't fare much better in the 20th century, so her works (excepting her "Lady Audley's Secret") gradually passed out of print. Thank you, Modern Library, for bringing back this gem!

"The Trail of the Serpent" has everything you could want in a "sensational novel" of the Victorian era: foundlings, wastrels, prodigal sons, identical twins separated at birth, bigamy, greed, love, hate, secret marriages, murder, madness, depravity, alchemy, secret societies, abject poverty, egregious wealth, a mute detective (how's that for "woke"?), and practically every other melodramatic trope you can imagine, all tied together by the machinations of a gloriously clever, deliciously evil villain determined to do whatever it takes to rise from obscurity to the heights of European society.

Which could be a hot mess in the hands of a schlock, but make no mistake about it - Braddon can write! She's intelligent, witty, and a gifted storyteller. Yes, her plot is sensational, but it's also stuffed with biting social commentary, delicious satire/irony, and laugh-out-loud comedic set-pieces.

Kirkus Review calls this "exuberantly campy" and it's hard to improve on this as a two-word summary. But Trail of the Serpent isn't just fun; it marks an important transition from the sensational, serialized novels of the day to the more serious literary writing of Dickens and his ilk. So go ahead and read it for the fun, then boast about reading it for the literary cred!
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Dorritt | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 16, 2023 |
Well. This is quite a long story for something that's pretty obvious upfront. I'm willing to accept that it could have been novel and exciting at the time, and I've just read too many mysteries. Still we spend a lot of time in the minds of men whose entire POV could be summed up as "Ladies! Am I right?"
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Kiramke | 79 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |
i'd forgotten this novel but found this it in a pile and heard myself say, wow this one was bananas-fun.
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alison-rose | 79 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2023 |
Étrange destin que celui de la jeune Eleanor Vanes. Après des années d'enfance particulièrement heureuses passées dans la maison dé son père, elle ne supportera pas d'apprendre que celui-ci s'est suicidé. Elle a compris qu'un mystérieux individu était seul responsable de la mort de son aïeul et elle jure devant Dieu de le venger... Commence pour Eleanor, transformée en véritable détective amateur, une quête âpre et difficile qui s'accomplit en parallèle avec sa nouvelle vie. Elle est en effet devenue la dame de compagnie de Mrs Darrell dont le fils, Launcelet, ne reste pas indifférent aux charmes de la jeune fille. C'est alors que résonne comme un coup de cymbales, l'insupportable vérité : celui qu'Eleanor recherchait pour le punir n'est autre que... Face à une adversité apparemment insurmontable, la victoire d'Eleanor n'en sera que plus héroïque… (lisätietoja)
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