A Short Analysis of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret

Posted: July 20, 2017 by vequinox in Literature

Interesting Literature

An introduction to a classic sensation novel

Lady Audley’s Secret was the most successful sensation novel published in the 1860s, the decade that saw the high point of sensation fiction. The book’s author, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, became famous – and notorious – as a result of the novel’s runaway success, and she would go on to have a very lucrative publishing career as a prolific novelist. Despite the novel’s popularity, it is only in recent decades that it has received the analysis and attention it deserves, as one of the founding texts of the sensation fiction genre.

As John Sutherland records in The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction, Lady Audley’s Secret was partly serialised in Robin Goodfellow in July-September 1861, then serialised in full in the Sixpenny Magazine throughout the whole of 1862, published as a three-volume novel by Tinsley the same year, and then rerun as a serial…

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