By PH D Marlene Tromp, Pamela K Gilbert, Aeron Haynie

Mary Elizabeth Braddon, magazine editor and bestselling writer of greater than 80 novels throughout the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, was once a key determine within the Victorian literary scene. This quantity brings jointly new essays from a number of views that light up either the richness of Braddon's oeuvre and the diversity of serious ways to it. most sensible referred to as the writer of woman Audley's mystery and Aurora Floyd, Braddon additionally wrote penny dreadfuls, realist novels, performs, brief tales, stories, and articles. The participants circulation past her most famed works and mirror a number of present concerns and techniques, together with gender, style, imperialism, colonial reception, commodity tradition, and publishing heritage.

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2 Rae's commentary suggests a variety of tensions that make the study of Braddon's work rich and provocative. Her career not only spanned the century, making her writing a far-reaching presence in the period, but crossed boundaries in readership, style, and the politics of socioeconomic identity. Popularized when Mudie's circulating library had established itself as an arbiter of middle-class morality, even Braddon's most "shocking" fiction was packaged and regularly delivered to the homes of those middle-class readers whose attitudes, writings, and behaviors we have studied for decadesand, as Rae's remarks claim, Braddon's was writing that somehow seemed to reflect an intimate appeal to those who labored in those households, a suggestion that begs for analysis.

It is true of class as well as gender to say that the wife "is one of the possessions whose status the house monitors and is exposed by the structure of the house Page 8 she maintains. It is this exposure by a system of classification, rather a simple enclosure by walls, that entraps her" (Wigley 341). The lady of a house is trapped within interlocking systems of sexual and class management. But the logic of class demands the visibility of even private spaces, so the lady, like the house with which she is identified, is subject to continual scrutiny.

Enclosure Acts: Framing Women's Bodies in Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret Elizabeth Langland 3 2. Braddon's Commentaries on the Trials and Legal Secrets of Audley Court Gail Turley Houston 17 3. Rebellious Sepoys and Bigamous Wives: The Indian Mutiny and Marriage Law Reform in Lady Audley's Secret Lillian Nayder 31 4. Marketing Sensation: Lady Audley's Secret and Consumer Culture Katherine Montwieler 43 Page vi 5. "An Idle Handle That Was Never Turned, and a Lazy Rope So Rotten": The Decay of the Country Estate in Lady Audley's Secret Aeron Haynie 63 II.

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