Secrecy

ISBN-10: 1551112167

ISBN-13: 9781551112169

Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)

Authors: Eliza Fenwick, Isobel Grundy

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Secresy was Eliza Fenwick's only work for adults—a fact that may help to explain why this extraordinary novel has been so thoroughly overlooked. On one level this is a book that presents fascinating challenges to traditional structures of class and gender. Whereas Mr. Valmont, the villain of the piece, rejects merely the surface forms of fashionable society, the story of his niece Sibella and her friend Caroline implicitly rejects the substance as well as the trappings of a system that rested on class privilege and on female dependence. Secresy is also, though, a remarkable novel of human relationships: of sexuality (Sibella's pregnancy is the occasion for the secrecy that gives the book its title), and of romantic love, but also the female friendship between Sibella and Caroline that is very much at the heart of the book. The relationships—and the grand themes—are expressed through an epistolary technique through which Fenwick (in the editor's words) shows "a breadth of sympathy which can find comedic pleasure even in what is disapproved."
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List price: $15.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Broadview Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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