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Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915)

Autor/a de El Secret de Lady Audley

139+ obres 4,487 Membres 147 Ressenyes 25 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys

Obres de Mary Elizabeth Braddon

El Secret de Lady Audley (1862) 2,689 exemplars
Aurora Floyd (1863) 310 exemplars
The Doctor's Wife (1864) 246 exemplars
The Christmas Hirelings (1894) 205 exemplars
The Trail of the Serpent (1861) 185 exemplars
John Marchmont's Legacy (1863) 76 exemplars
Wyllard's Weird (1886) 42 exemplars
The Lawyer's Secret (1862) 38 exemplars
Charlotte's Inheritance (1868) 34 exemplars
Vixen (1879) 32 exemplars
The Fatal Three (1888) 29 exemplars
Eleanor's Victory (1863) 27 exemplars
Run to Earth (1867) 24 exemplars
Birds of Prey (1867) 23 exemplars
Thou Art the Man (1894) 21 exemplars
Phantom Fortune, a Novel (1883) 18 exemplars
Fenton's Quest (1871) 15 exemplars
Dead Love Has Chains (1906) 11 exemplars
Good Lady Ducayne (2004) 10 exemplars
The Lovels of Arden (1871) 10 exemplars
The Golden Calf (1883) 9 exemplars
The Cold Embrace (2005) 6 exemplars
Lady Lisle (1862) 6 exemplars
His Darling Sin (1899) 5 exemplars
The White Phantom (1862) 5 exemplars
Milly Darrell (1873) 5 exemplars
The Mohawks (1886) 5 exemplars
The Shadow In The Corner (2004) 4 exemplars
Eveline's Visitant (2016) 4 exemplars
Le secret de la Ferme-Grise (2004) 4 exemplars
Beyond These Voices (2017) 4 exemplars
Aurora Floyd, Volume 1 (2010) 4 exemplars
Sons of fire, : a novel (2018) 4 exemplars
The Captain Of The Vulture (1862) 4 exemplars
Ishmael A novel (1884) 4 exemplars
Collected Stories (2012) 3 exemplars
Milly Darrell and Other Tales (2007) 3 exemplars
Aurora Floyd Volume 3 of 3 (2015) 3 exemplars
The Classic Gothic Horror Collection (2021) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Cut by the County (1886) 3 exemplars
Circe (1867) 3 exemplars
Rough justice (1898) 3 exemplars
The Venetians (1892) 3 exemplars
Dead Men's Shoes (2018) 2 exemplars
In high places (2002) 2 exemplars
Vixen, Volume I (2011) 2 exemplars
Vixen, Volume II. (2012) 2 exemplars
Rupert Godwin 2 exemplars
Like and Unlike 2 exemplars
Dead Men's Shoes: Vol. II (2002) 2 exemplars
During her majesty's pleasure (2002) 2 exemplars
Asphodel 2 exemplars
One life, one love : a novel (2021) 1 exemplars
Dead Men's Shoes: Volume I (2002) 1 exemplars
The white house 1 exemplars
One thing needful (2009) 1 exemplars
Phantom Fortune: Volume 3 (2002) 1 exemplars
The Conflict 1 exemplars
O segredo terrível 1 exemplars
The lady's mile 1 exemplars
Only a woman 1 exemplars
Mohawks 1 exemplars
The Blue Lenses / Eveline's Visitant — Autor — 1 exemplars
Her Last Appearance 1 exemplars
The Cloven Foot 1 exemplars
Mount Royal 1 exemplars
The Infidel 1 exemplars
La bonne Lady Ducayne (2023) 1 exemplars
Lady Ducayne (2018) 1 exemplars
The Day Will Come: Volume 2 (2002) 1 exemplars
Miranda (1913) 1 exemplars

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100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Col·laborador — 335 exemplars
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Children of the Night (2007) — Autor — 66 exemplars
Chamber of Horrors: Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1984) — Col·laborador — 64 exemplars
The Giant Book of Ghost Stories (1994) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
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Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Col·laborador — 48 exemplars
The Dreaming Sex: Early Tales of Scientific Imagination by Women (2011) — Col·laborador — 48 exemplars
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The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories (2004) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Sisters in Crime: Early Crime and Mystery Stories by Women (2013) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
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My First Book (1894) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
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Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Best of Women's Short Stories, Volume I (2005) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Murder by gaslight, Victorian tales — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Ghost Story MEGAPACK®: 25 Classic Tales by Masters [Kindle] (2013) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Klassisia kauhukertomuksia (2021) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Duchy Zimowej Nocy 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Braddon, M.E.
Nom oficial
Braddon, Mary Elizabeth
Altres noms
White, Babington
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, England, UK
Lloc de naixement
London, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Londen, England, Groot-Brittannië
Richmond, Surrey, England, Groot-Brittannië
privately educated
short story writer
Maxwell, W. B. (son)
Biografia breu
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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Une très belle jeune femme épouse un riche gentilhomme (plutôt vieux!). Un homme disparaît, son meilleur ami mène l'enquête. Cela a été pour moi un grand plaisir de lire ce roman du XIXe siècle. J'y ai retrouvé un style d'écriture que je connaissais bien dans mon enfance, lorsque je lisais Dickens, Féval, Dumas et bien d'autres. Cela n'est pas seulement un divertissement, on découvre la société et les moeurs de l'époque. Une lecture féministe du livre est possible (M. E. Braddon est une femme).… (més)
vie-tranquille | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | Dec 29, 2023 |
This was a pretty fun book with plenty of Victorian soliloquies and dramatizations. Haha! Very typical 19th century sensation novel---oh, if only Jane Austen could have read it! We might have been treated to something inspired to rival Northanger Abbey in her old age. While I thought the "villain" ultimately deserved a lot worse than was doled out, I was satisfied overall with the ending.
classyhomemaker | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | Dec 11, 2023 |
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 | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | 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?"
Kiramke | Hi ha 81 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |



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