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In Lady Audley's ShadowMary Elizabeth Braddon and Victorian Literary Genres$
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Saverio Tomaiuolo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641154

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.001.0001

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Introduction: the Lady Audley Paradigm

Introduction: the Lady Audley Paradigm

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(p.1) Introduction: the Lady Audley Paradigm
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In Lady Audley's Shadow
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Saverio Tomaiuolo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641154.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the ‘sensational novel’, was one of the most complicated and vague literary phenomena from the mid-to-late nineteenth century, beginning with a brief account of the works of Lady Rosina Wheeler, who was involved in the ‘Hertford scandal’. Margaret Oliphant was a female writer who coined the phrase ‘fair-haired demon’, but it is Mary Elizabeth Braddon who is widely considered as the most prolific, controversial, and talented writer about the role of women in the Victorian family. The rest of the chapter examines her novel, Lady Audley’s Secret, and the influence the ‘Hertford scandal’ had on her writing.

Keywords:   sensational novel, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret, Hertford scandal, fair-haired demon, role of women, Victorian family

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