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Aurora Floyd

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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First published in 1863, “Aurora Floyd” is a sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and sequel to her best-known work and one of the most famous sensation novels of all time, “Lady Audley's Secret”. A classic Victorian tale of love, lies, treachery, intrigue and murder, “Aurora Floyd” is constitutes a must-read for fans of sensation fiction and is not to be missed by fans of Braddon's seminal work. Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915) was an English novelist of the Victorian era. Other notable works by this author include: “Taken at the Flood” (1874), “A Strange World” (1875), and “Hostages to Fortune” (1875). Read & Co. Classics is proudly republishing this vintage novel now in a brand new edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

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Lady Audley's Secret & Aurora Floyd

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Total of Pages : 802
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"Lady Audley's Secret " – As Sir Michael Audley celebrates his marriage to Lucy Graham, his nephew, the barrister Robert Audley, welcomes his old friend George Talboys back to England, after three years of gold prospecting in Australia. George finds out that his wife Helen has died and that his son is under the care of his father in law. After settling the matter of the boy's guardianship, the Robert and George set off to visit Sir Michael. While at the country manor Audley Court, Lady Audley avoids meeting George, and when the two seek an audience with the new Lady Audley, she makes many excuses to avoid their visit. Shortly thereafter, George disappears, much to Robert's consternation. Unwilling to believe that George has simply left without a notice, Robert begins to look into the circumstances around George's strange disappearance. His notes indicate the involvement of Lady Audley, much to his chagrin, and he slowly begins to collect evidence against her. "Aurora Floyd" forms a sequel to Lady Audley's Secret. It tells the story of Aurora Floyd, daughter of a marriage between a nobleman and an actress. As she grows into maturity, this head-strong, dangerous and seductive vixen becomes embroiled in mystery and scandal. The story includes such controversial events as bigamy, murder and elopement.

Aurora Floyd & Lady Audley's Secret (Victorian Mysteries)

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 802
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This eBook edition has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. "Lady Audley's Secret " – As Sir Michael Audley celebrates his marriage to Lucy Graham, his nephew, the barrister Robert Audley, welcomes his old friend George Talboys back to England, after three years of gold prospecting in Australia. George finds out that his wife Helen has died and that his son is under the care of his father in law. After settling the matter of the boy's guardianship, the Robert and George set off to visit Sir Michael. While at the country manor Audley Court, Lady Audley avoids meeting George, and when the two seek an audience with the new Lady Audley, she makes many excuses to avoid their visit. Shortly thereafter, George disappears, much to Robert's consternation. Unwilling to believe that George has simply left without a notice, Robert begins to look into the circumstances around George's strange disappearance. His notes indicate the involvement of Lady Audley, much to his chagrin, and he slowly begins to collect evidence against her. "Aurora Floyd" forms a sequel to Lady Audley's Secret. It tells the story of Aurora Floyd, daughter of a marriage between a nobleman and an actress. As she grows into maturity, this head-strong, dangerous and seductive vixen becomes embroiled in mystery and scandal. The story includes such controversial events as bigamy, murder and elopement.

The 'Improper' Feminine

By Lyn Pykett
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134944829
  • Total of Pages : 250
  • Category : Philosophy
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The women's sensation novel of the 1860s and the New Woman fiction of the 1890s were two major examples of a perceived feminine invasion of fiction which caused a critical furore in their day. Both genres, with their shocking, `fast' heroines, fired the popular imagination by putting female sexuality on the literary agenda and undermining the `proper feminine' ideal to which nineteenth-century women and fictional heroines were supposed to aspire. By exploring in impressive depth and breadth the material and discursive conditions in which these novels were produced, The `Improper' Feminine draws attention to key gendered interrelationships within the literary and wider cultures of the mid-Victorian and fin-de-diècle periods.

Bleak Houses

By Lisa Surridge
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  • Publisher : Ohio University Press
  • Book Code : 082144199X
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Collections
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The Offenses Against the Person Act of 1828 opened magistrates' courts to abused working-class wives. Newspapers in turn reported on these proceedings, and in this way the Victorian scrutiny of domestic conduct began. But how did popular fiction treat “private” family violence? Bleak Houses: Marital Violence in Victorian Fiction traces novelists' engagement with the wife-assault debates in the public press between 1828 and the turn of the century. Lisa Surridge examines the early works of Charles Dickens and reads Dombey and Son and Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in the context of the intense debates on wife assault and manliness in the late 1840s and early 1850s. Surridge explores George Eliot's Janet's Repentance in light of the parliamentary debates on the 1857 Divorce Act. Marital cruelty trials provide the structure for both Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and Anthony Trollope's He Knew He Was Right. Locating the New Woman fiction of Mona Caird and the reassuring detective investigations of Sherlock Holmes in the context of late-Victorian feminism and the great marriage debate in the Daily Telegraph, Surridge illustrates how fin-de-siècle fiction brought male sexual violence and the viability of marriage itself under public scrutiny. Bleak Houses thus demonstrates how Victorian fiction was concerned about the wife-assault debates of the nineteenth century, debates which both constructed and invaded the privacy of the middle-class home.

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

By Graeme Davis
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1643131850
  • Total of Pages : 364
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This masterful collection of seventeen classic mystery stories, dating from 1837 to 1914, traces the earliest history of popular detective fiction. Today, the figure of Sherlock Holmes towers over detective fiction like a colossus—but it was not always so. Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin, the hero of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” anticipated Holmes’ deductive reasoning by more than forty years. In A Study in Scarlet, the first of Holmes’ adventures, Doyle acknowledged his debt to Poe—and to Émile Gaboriau, whose thief-turned-detective Monsieur Lecoq debuted in France twenty years earlier. If Rue Morgue was the first true detective story in English, the title of the first full-length detective novel is more hotly contested. Among the possibilities are two books by Wilkie Collins—The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868)—Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s The Trail of the Serpent (1861) or Aurora Floyd (1862), and The Notting Hill Mystery (1862-3) by the pseudonymous “Charles Felix.” As the early years of detective fiction gave way to two separate golden ages—hard-boiled tales in America and intricately-plotted “cozy” murders in Britain—and these new sub-genres went their own ways, their detectives still required the intelligence and clear-sightedness that characterized the earliest works of detective fiction: the trademarks of Sherlock Holmes, and of all the detectives featured in these pages.

Violent Women and Sensation Fiction

By A. Mangham
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230286992
  • Total of Pages : 247
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This book explores ideas of violent femininity across generic and disciplinary boundaries during the nineteenth century. It aims to highlight how medical, legal and literary narratives shared notions of the volatile nature of women. Mangham traces intersections between notorious legal trials, theories of female insanity, and sensation novels.

Vixen (Complete)

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465530886
  • Total of Pages : 278
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ÊWho could resist those little soft hands in doeskin? Certainly not Rorie. He resigned himself to the endurance of his mother's anger in the future as a price to be paid for the indulgence of his inclination in the present, gave Vixen his arm, and turned his face towards the Abbey House. They walked through shrubberies that would have seemed a pathless wilderness to a stranger, but every turn in which was familiar to these two. The ground was undulating, and vast thickets of rhododendron and azalea rose high above them, or sank in green valleys below their path. Here and there a group of tall firs towered skyward above the dark entanglement of shrubs, or a great beech spread its wide limbs over the hollows; here and there a pool of water reflected the pale moonshine. The house lay low, sheltered and shut in by those rhododendron thickets, a long, rambling pile of building, which had been added to, and altered, and taken away from, and added to again, like that well-known puzzle in mental arithmetic which used to amuse us in our childhood. It was all gables, and chimney-stacks, and odd angles, and ivy-mantled wall, and richly-mullioned windows, or quaint little diamond-paned lattices, peeping like a watchful eye from under the shadow of a jutting cornice. The stables had been added in Queen Elizabeth's time, after the monks had been routed from their snug quarters, and the Abbey had been bestowed upon one of the Tudor favourites. These Elizabethan stables formed the four sides of a quadrangle, stone-paved, with an old marble basin in the centreÑa basin which the Vicar pronounced to be an early Saxon font, but which Squire Tempest refused to have removed from the place it had occupied ever since the stables were built. There were curious carvings upon the six sides, but so covered with mosses and lichens that nobody could tell what they meant; and the Squire forbade any scraping process by officious antiquarians, which might lead to somebody's forcible appropriation of the ancient basin. The Squire was not so modern in his ideas as to set up his own gasometer, so the stables were lighted by lanterns, with an oil-lamp fixed here and there against the wall. Into this dim uncertain light came Roderick and Vixen, through the deep stone archway which opened from the shrubbery into the stable-yard, and which was solid enough for the gate of a fortified town. Titmouse's stable was lighted better then the rest. The door stood open, and there was Titmouse, with the neat little quilted doeskin saddle still on his back, waiting to be fed and petted by his young mistress. It was a pretty picture, the old low-ceiled stable, with its wide stalls and roomy loose-boxes and carpet of plaited straw, golden against the deep brown of the woodwork.

The Greatest Murder Mysteries of Mary Elizabeth Braddon

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 3127
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Musaicum Books presents to you a meticulously edited Mary Elizabeth Braddon collection. This ebook has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content: The Trail of the Serpent Lady Audley's Secret Aurora Floyd Henry Dunbar Run to Earth The Cloven Foot Wyllard's Weird His Darling Sin

BRITISH MURDER MYSTERIES: The Greatest Thrillers of Mary Elizabeth Braddon

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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M. E. Braddon is best known for her mysteries and sensation novels full of violence, schemes, murders, frauds and many unpredictable plot twists. This meticulously edited mystery collection is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: The Trail of the Serpent Lady Audley's Secret Aurora Floyd Henry Dunbar Run to Earth The Cloven Foot Wyllard's Weird His Darling Sin

The Maniac in the Cellar

By Winifred Hughes
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400855470
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Once a controversial genre of Victorian fiction that produced the major best sellers of its century, the now-forgotten sensation novel was a publishing phenomenon in its time. In a vivid portrait of this subversive and discomfiting popular literature, Winifred Hughes identifies its ingredients, its practitioners, and its implications, and reveals its significance both for the mid-Victorian consciousness and for the writers and readers of today. Originally published in 1981. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Complete Works

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 11908
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Musaicum Books presents to you a meticulously edited Mary Elizabeth Braddon collection. This ebook has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content: Novels: The Trail of the Serpent Lady Audley's Secret Aurora Floyd The Captain of the Vulture John Marchmont's Legacy Eleanor's Victory Henry Dunbar The Doctor's Wife Birds of Prey Charlotte's Inheritance Run to Earth Fenton's Quest The Lovels of Arden A Strange World The Cloven Foot Vixen Mount Royal Phantom Fortune The Golden Calf Wyllard's Weird Mohawks All Along the River Gerard (The World, the Flesh, and the Devil) London Pride His Darling Sin The Infidel Beyond These Voices Short Stories: Ralph the Bailiff and Other Stories: Ralph the Bailiff Captain Thomas The Cold Embrace My Daughters The Mystery of Fernwood Samuel Lowgood's Revenge The Lawyer's Secret My First Happy Christmas Lost and Found Eveline's Visitant – A Ghost Story Found in the Muniment Chest How I Heard my Own Will Read Flower and Weed and Other Tales: Flower and Weed George Caulfield's Journey The Clown's Quest Dr. Carrick If She Be Not Fair to Me The Shadow in the Corner His Secret Thou Art the Man Milly Darrell Good Lady Ducayne At Chrighton Abbey Children's Book: The Christmas Hirelings My First Novel by M. E. Braddon

Silent Mystery and Detective Movies

By Ken Wlaschin
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786454296
  • Total of Pages : 291
  • Category : Performing Arts
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  • Pdf File: silent-mystery-and-detective-movies.pdf

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The silent film era was known in part for its cliffhanger serials and air of suspense that kept audiences returning to theaters week after week. Icons such as Douglas Fairbanks, Laurel and Hardy, Lon Chaney and Harry Houdini were among those who graced the dark and shadowy screen. This reference guide to silent films with mystery and detective content lists more than 1,500 titles in one of entertainment’s most popular and enduring genres. While most of the films examined are from North America, mystery films from around the world are included.

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

By Pamela K. Gilbert
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1444342215
  • Total of Pages : 680
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This comprehensive collection offers a complete introduction to one of the most popular literary forms of the Victorian period, its key authors and works, its major themes, and its lasting legacy. Places key authors and novels in their cultural and historical context Includes studies of major topics such as race, gender, melodrama, theatre, poetry, realism in fiction, and connections to other art forms Contributions from top international scholars approach an important literary genre from a range of perspectives Offers both a pre and post-history of the genre to situate it in the larger tradition of Victorian publishing and literature Incorporates coverage of traditional research and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship

Jack Maggs

By Peter Carey
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  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Book Code : 0307367657
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
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A foundling trained in the art of thievery, Jack Maggs was betrayed and deported to Australia for life. But now, having reversed his fortunes, he seeks to fulfill his innermost desire. Returning to London under threat of execution, he's quickly embroiled in various entanglements among a handful of characters -- each with their own secrets. And as their various schemes converge, the captivating figure at the epicentre is Maggs himself, at once frightening, mystifying, and utterly compelling.

The Trail of the Serpent (Detective Mystery)

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 415
  • Category : Fiction
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This eBook edition has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. The Trail of the Serpent concerns the schemes of the orphan Jabez North to acquire an aristocratic fortune, and the efforts of Richard Marwood, aided by his friends, to prove his innocence in the murder of his uncle. Richard returns to the home of his mother in Slopperton after an absence of seven years. His uncle, Montague Harding, having recently returned from the East Indies after amassing a large fortune, is also staying there. After a brief reconciliation, Richard leaves town by the train on the encouragement of Montague. However, on his train journey away from the town, he is approached by two detectives who charge him with the murder of his uncle on the night of his departure. One detective believes that Richard is innocent of the murder, and in the trial that follows manages to arrange that he plead insane, so Richard is interred in a lunatic asylum. Meanwhile, the orphaned schoolmaster Jabez North kills a child under his care after he threatens to reveal Jabez's suspicious activity on the night of the Montague's murder.

The Killer's Wife

By Bill Floyd
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  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Book Code : 1429939877
  • Total of Pages : 304
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Six years after her courageous testimony helped put her husband on death row for a string of gruesome murders, Leigh Wren has almost succeeded in putting her past to rest. She has moved from the West Coast to North Carolina with her young son, adopting a new name and a new life. But the world that she has created for herself is shattered when the father of one of her ex-husband's victims begins stalking her, then confronts her late one night. In the days that follow, he exposes Leigh, in newspapers and on television, to a startled North Carolina community. And just as her marriage to Randall Mosley, a man who became known to the world as a deviant serial killer, is brought back to light, a more deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. A new killer has emerged, one whose methods are frighteningly similar to those used by Mosley, who is awaiting execution thousands of miles away. Leigh and her son appear to be in the assailant's scope, and it becomes clear that he is more than a copycat killer—his targets are all tied to Leigh's former life. With the clock ticking down and the victims of a new killer mounting, Leigh is forced to probe the darkest corridors of her past to protect her life and her son's. She must also confront her own feelings of responsibility: Leigh has always professed her ignorance, but how complicit was she in her husband's horrific murder spree, as it was taking place? From a major new voice in suspense, The Killer's Wife is a story driven by psychological insight and harrowing revelations, asking how well you can ever really know the person sleeping beside you.

Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England

By Ian Ward
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 178225370X
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Law
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The Victorians worried about many things, prominent among their worries being the 'condition' of England and the 'question' of its women. Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England revisits these particular anxieties, concentrating more closely upon four 'crimes' which generated especial concern amongst contemporaries: adultery, bigamy, infanticide and prostitution. Each engaged questions of sexuality and its regulation, legal, moral and cultural, for which reason each attracted the considerable interest not just of lawyers and parliamentarians, but also novelists and poets and perhaps most importantly those who, in ever-larger numbers, liked to pass their leisure hours reading about sex and crime. Alongside statutes such as the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act and the 1864 Contagious Diseases Act, Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England contemplates those texts which shaped Victorian attitudes towards England's 'condition' and the 'question' of its women: the novels of Dickens, Thackeray and Eliot, the works of sensationalists such as Ellen Wood and Mary Braddon, and the poetry of Gabriel and Christina Rossetti. Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England is a richly contextual commentary on a critical period in the evolution of modern legal and cultural attitudes to the relation of crime, sexuality and the family.

Giants of the Past

By Lisa Hopkins
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  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Book Code : 9780838755761
  • Total of Pages : 201
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This book considers the ways in which the idea of evolution has been used in popular fiction, focusing mainly on novels of the Victorian and Edwardian periods but also including a closing section on Steven Spielberg's first two Jurassic Park films. The book's overall argument is that in many of these texts the version of origins proffered by Darwinian theory is suggestively played off against both the version of human origins offered by Milton (and, the book suggests, implicitly supported by Shakespeare) and the version of national origins offered by Virgil and by the myth of Brutus, legendary grandson of Aeneas and supposed first founder of Britain. Nevertheless, although these novels tend to give such prominence to alternatives to Darwinian theory, they are also very ready to draw on any aspects of it which will lend support to their own agendas, especially when it comes to drawing sharp distinctions between races and sexes. Although Darwinian theory posed challenges to contemporary orthodoxies and pieties, it could thus also be used in the support of some of them.

Women's Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain

By K. Newey
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230554903
  • Total of Pages : 269
  • Category : Performing Arts
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Women's Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain is the first book to make a comprehensive study of women playwrights in the British theatre from 1820 to 1918. It looks at how women playwrights negotiated their personal and professional identities as writers, and examines the female tradition of playwriting which dramatises the central experience of women's lives around the themes of home, the nation, and the position of women in marriage and the family. The book also includes an extensive Appendix of authors and plays, which will be a useful reference tool for students and scholars in nineteenth-century studies and theatre historians.

Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 2015)

By Janice M. Allan
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476621853
  • Total of Pages : 136
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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For over two decades, Clues has included the best scholarship on mystery and detective fiction. With a combination of academic essays and nonfiction book reviews, it covers all aspects of mystery and detective fiction material in print, television and movies. As the only American scholarly journal on mystery fiction, Clues is essential reading for literature and film students and researchers; popular culture aficionados; librarians; and mystery authors, fans and critics around the globe.

Victorian Sensational Fiction

By R. Fantina
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230102158
  • Total of Pages : 205
  • Category : Fiction
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This book recovers the fiction of Charles Reade, who was among the best-known authors of the sensation fiction of the 1860s, as a body of work that anticipates recent trends in literary and cultural theory.

The Spectacle of Intimacy

By Karen Chase,Michael Levenson
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400831121
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Love of home life, the intimate moments a family peacefully enjoyed in seclusion, had long been considered a hallmark of English character even before the Victorian era. But the Victorians attached unprecedented importance to domesticity, romanticizing the family in every medium from novels to government reports, to the point where actual families felt anxious and the public developed a fierce appetite for scandal. Here Karen Chase and Michael Levenson explore how intimacy became a spectacle and how this paradox energized Victorian culture between 1835 and 1865. They tell a story of a society continually perfecting the forms of private pleasure and yet forever finding its secrets exposed to view. The friction between the two conditions sparks insightful discussions of authority and sentiment, empire and middle-class politics. The book recovers neglected episodes of this mid-century drama: the adultery trial of Caroline Norton and the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne; the Bedchamber Crisis of the young Queen Victoria; the Bloomer craze of the 1850s; and Robert Kerr's influential treatise, celebrating the ideal of the English Gentleman's House. The literary representation of household life--in Dickens, Tennyson, Ellis, and Oliphant, among others--is placed in relation to such public spectacles as the Deceased Wife's Sister Bill of 1848, the controversy over divorce in the years 1854-1857, and the triumphant return of Florence Nightingale from the Crimea. These colorful incidents create a telling new portrait of Victorian family life, one that demands a fundamental rethinking of the relation between public and private spheres.

The Naked Sun

By Isaac Asimov
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  • Publisher : Spectra
  • Book Code : 0307792404
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
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A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

The Femme Fatale in Victorian Literature

By Jennifer Hedgecock
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  • Publisher : Cambria Press
  • Book Code : 1604975180
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 589
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The Femme Fatale in Victorian Literature is a Marxist-Feminist reading of the Femme Fatale in nineteenth-century British literature that examines the changing social and economic status of women from the 1860s through the 1880s, and rejects the stereotypical mid-Victorian femme fatale portrayed by conservative ideologues critiquing popular fiction by Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Honore de Balzac, and William Makepeace Thackeray. In these book reviews, the female protagonist is simply minimized to a dangerous woman. Refuting this one-dimensional characterization, this book argues that the femme fatale comes to represent the real-life struggles of the middle-class Victorian woman who overcomes major adversities such as poverty, abusive husbands, abandonment, single parenthood, limited job opportunities, the criminal underworld, and Victorian society's harsh invective against her. To overcome these hardships, she reverses her socioeconomic status, an act which demonstrates her self-reliance compared to other Victorian feminine literary figures. The femme fatale, in fact, becomes a precursor to the campaigns against the Contagious Diseases Acts, to the emergence of the New Woman, movements that illustrate more empowering subject positions of women during the later part of the nineteenth century, and subverts patriarchal constructions of domesticity and "fallenness" used to undermine women. More specifically, the femme fatale in the mid-century novel is a protest against representations of women as fallen and domestic. The Femme Fatale in Victorian Literature will be an important book for scholars in literature and Women's Studies."

Lady Anna

By Anthony Trollope
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  • Publisher : Lindhardt og Ringhof
  • Book Code : 872680381X
  • Total of Pages : 50
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 212
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First published in 1874, ‘Lady Anna’ was written in its entirety by Anthony Trollope during a lengthy voyage to Australia to visit his son Frederic, who had emigrated there. Our heroine Lady Anna is the daughter of the old Earl Lovel and her incredibly ambitious mother, Josephine Murray. A union without love, shortly after the wedding the Earl revealed that he already had a wife, making the marriage invalid and casting doubt over Anna’s inheritance and future. When the Earl dies, the legitimacy of his claims are investigated and what follows is a tale of broken engagements, insatiable ambition and true love. Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882) was a Victorian writer and author of 47 novels. He also wrote an autobiography, short stories and plays, travel articles, reviews and lectures. A prolific writer, he made no secret of the fact that money was his motivation for writing – an admission which raised eyebrows among his literary contemporaries at the time. The amount of works Trollope authored are testament to his belief in hard work. His first successful novel was The Warden followed by its sequel, Barchester Towers. The Chronicles of Barsetshire are perhaps his most well-known series of novels, though many of his works have been adapted for TV and radio, starring many familiar faces such as Alan Rickman, David Tennant, Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander. Alongside his literary career, Trollope also worked for some time for the Post Office and is credited with the introduction of the iconic post box to Britain. A memorial to Anthony Trollope was unveiled in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey in 1993.

Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101137193
  • Total of Pages : 1088
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 142
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Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

The Greatest Works of Henry James

By Henry James
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : 8027236290
  • Total of Pages : 2900
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 203
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Book Short Summary:

This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Henry James (1843–1916) was an American-British writer who spent most of his writing career in Britain. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. Contents: Autobiographies: A Small Boy and Others Notes of a Son and Brother The Middle Years Novels: Confidence Roderick Hudson The Ambassadors The American The Awkward Age The Bostonians The Europeans The Golden Bowl The Other House The Outcry The Portrait of a Lady The Princess Casamassima The Reverberator The Sacred Fount The Spoils of Poynton The Tragic Muse The Whole Family The Wings of the Dove Washington Square Watch and Ward What Maisie Knew The Ivory Tower (Unfinished) Novellas and Short Stories Plays: A Change of Heart Daisy Miller Disengaged Guy Domville Pyramus and Thisbe Still Waters Summersoft Tenants The Album The High Bid The Outcry The Reprobate Essays and Studies: Essays in London and Elsewhere French Novelists and Poets Hawthorne Notes and Reviews Notes on Novelists Partial Portraits Picture and Text Portraits of Places The Art of the Novel Views and Reviews William Wetmore Story and His Friends Within the Rim and Other Essays Collected Travel Sketches: A Little Tour in France English Hours Italian Hours The American Scene Transatlantic Sketches Collected Letters Collected Works about Henry James: An Extract from 'The Decay of Lying' by Oscar Wilde Henry James — An Appreciation by Joseph Conrad Henry James, Jr by William Dean Howells Other Essays: Henry James by Virginia Woolf Underwoods: Poems Addressed to Henry James by Robert Louis Stevenson Memoirs and Portraits: An Essay and Letter by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Complete Works of Henry James

By Henry James
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : 8027235197
  • Total of Pages : 3080
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 929
  • Pdf File: the-complete-works-of-henry-james.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Henry James (1843–1916) was an American-British writer who spent most of his writing career in Britain. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. Contents: Autobiographies: A Small Boy and Others Notes of a Son and Brother The Middle Years Novels: Confidence Roderick Hudson The Ambassadors The American The Awkward Age The Bostonians The Europeans The Golden Bowl The Other House The Outcry The Portrait of a Lady The Princess Casamassima The Reverberator The Sacred Fount The Spoils of Poynton The Tragic Muse The Whole Family The Wings of the Dove Washington Square Watch and Ward What Maisie Knew The Ivory Tower (Unfinished) Novellas and Short Stories Plays: A Change of Heart Daisy Miller Disengaged Guy Domville Pyramus and Thisbe Still Waters Summersoft Tenants The Album The High Bid The Outcry The Reprobate Essays and Studies: Essays in London and Elsewhere French Novelists and Poets Hawthorne Notes and Reviews Notes on Novelists Partial Portraits Picture and Text Portraits of Places The Art of the Novel Views and Reviews William Wetmore Story and His Friends Within the Rim and Other Essays Collected Travel Sketches: A Little Tour in France English Hours Italian Hours The American Scene Transatlantic Sketches Collected Letters Collected Works about Henry James: An Extract from 'The Decay of Lying' by Oscar Wilde Henry James — An Appreciation by Joseph Conrad Henry James, Jr by William Dean Howells Other Essays: Henry James by Virginia Woolf Underwoods: Poems Addressed to Henry James by Robert Louis Stevenson Memoirs and Portraits: An Essay and Letter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lady Audley's Secret

By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1528791991
  • Total of Pages : 460
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 735
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First published in 1862, “Lady Audley's Secret” is a sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Her best-known work and one of the most famous sensation novels of all time, the plot revolves around a case of accidental bigamy inspired by the real-life story of Constance Kent, who confessed to the murder of her half-brother when she was 16. The novel has been adapted for the screen in three silent films, one television series, and three theatre performances. A classic sensation novel not to be missed by fans and collectors of Victorian literature. Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915) was an English novelist of the Victorian era. Other notable works by this author include: “Taken at the Flood” (1874), “A Strange World” (1875), and “Hostages to Fortune” (1875). Read & Co. Classics is proudly republishing this vintage novel now in a brand new edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

By Anne-Marie Beller
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786490772
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 467
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An important figure in the development of crime fiction, Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915) wrote more than 80 novels, numerous plays, poems, essays and short stories, and edited two magazines during her 55-year literary career. Her bestselling Lady Audley’s Secret secured her reputation as a leading “sensation novelist.” Though critics called her work immoral, Braddon’s novels influenced the detective fiction of the late Victorian period. With entries on all her published writing, characters, relationships and influences, and themes and contexts, as well as numerous illustrations, a career chronology, and a chronological and alphabetical listing of all of her works, this companion to Braddon’s mystery fiction is the definitive reference on this provocative but overlooked writer.

The Victorian Novel and Masculinity

By P. Mallett
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 113749154X
  • Total of Pages : 217
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 250
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What did it mean, in the rapidly changing world of Victorian England, to 'be a man'? In essays written specially for this volume, nine distinguished scholars from Britain and the USA show how Victorian novelists from the Brontës to Conrad sought to discover what made men, what broke them, and what restored them.