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she was......dead!

As some of you know, I love Victorian "sensation novels" like The Woman in White and Lady Audley's Secret (the latter was recommended to me by none other than Sarah Waters, when I interviewed her, and I shall be forever gratfeul, because it's fantastic). Anyway, a few months ago I found a copy of the infamous East Lynne by Mrs Henry Wood, whence come the famous melodramatic lines "gone, gone and never called me mother!" It was brilliant, but none of her other books are in print, and I find most online books (ala gutenberg) really hard to read.

But then! This afternoon I thought I'd have another look, and on this fabulous site, I found this link. And I've spent the entire afternoon reading it, and it's great! Very easy on the eye (in my iBook, anyway), and very exciting. Three melodramatic deaths in the first five chapters! If you're bored at work (or indeed at home), and you like OTT Victoriana, I strongly recommend it. Just scroll down the page for a link to the full thrilling text. I actually now wish I didn't have to go out tonight, because I just want to stay at home and read more of it!


Dec. 10th, 2003 05:55 am (UTC)
In my second year at Durham the wonderful Prof Watson took about two dozen of us to the Lake District for a few days to read Wordsworth. He brought a load of copies of the play version of Lady Audley and we performed it using kitchen equipment for all the props. I think it's still one of the funniest memories of my life.

I'm still feeling slightly guilty for 'accidentally' stealing the copy of ME Braddon's Aurora Floyd from the landlady in whose attic I lived when I first started work. I was reading it just before I moved out and have no idea how I came to pack it...

I need a iBook.
Dec. 10th, 2003 06:17 am (UTC)
You could still read it without one, though! I just meant that it happened to look good on my iBook. I'm now half way through, and it's still very entertaining.

And, I love the idea of acting out Lady Audley. I can but imagine what the pushing-down-well bits were like...


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