East Lynne

ISBN-10: 0199536031
ISBN-13: 9780199536030
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

Elisabeth Jay is Emeritus Professor of English at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests lie predominantly in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and she has published widely on the fiction, prose and poetry of this period. She is on the Advisory Boards of the journals Literature & Theology (OUP) and English (OUP) and of the Institute of English Studies (University of London).

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