This is the first new literary critical biography of Mary Elizabeth Braddon for over twenty years. It examines her career as an actress in the 1850s, her rise to fame as an equal of Wilkie Collins at the height of the controversy over sensation fiction in the 1860s, her relationship with the publisher John Maxwell, the many influences on her work, and the respect she eventually earned in the literary world. Each chapter is a blend of biography and literary criticism.
The book also includes two large appendices, the first mapping Braddon's career as an actress, and the second providing a new bibliography of her works.
The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon is an important resource, providing critical analysis for the undergraduate, and research information for the graduate and professor.
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'Here is an item for addition to shelves of any serious research library, as well as those of Braddon aficionados.' Victorian Periodicals Review, Summer 2002, Professor Benjamin F. Fisher, University of Mississippi.
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