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Mary Elizabeth Braddon

For any lovers of the sensationalist fiction of Wilkie Collins, Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret is up there with the best of them.

Unfortunately I don't think the rest of her work approaches the quality of the above, but her place in the literary canon is assured with her masterpiece.

Has anyone else read this?  Are there any others of her work worth reading?  I tried Aurora Floyd, but didn't think much of it to be honest.
Billy the Fish

I read this on a Victorian/Popular Literature/Melodrama course at University, along with the stage adaptation (unfortunately I can't remember who adapted it off the top of my head), many many years ago, along with The Moonstone and Bleak House. While I can see that, in the context of what was widely-read at the time, why it was so poular, the novel especially just didn't feel as taught or well constructed as the Wilkie Collins novel(s).

I hadn't realised there was any of her other novels widely available - Lady Audley being in World's Classics at the time, I think - but don't feel a great need to follow it up. A lot of the time I think the classics publishers do rather tend to put any old thing out just because it's out of copyright and no-one else is publishing it.

I haven't read any Mrs Braddon, but I keep intending to.  As well as 'Lady Audley's Secret' she wrote an English version of 'Madame Bovary' called - I think - 'The Doctor's Wife'.  Next time you are in Richmond, Surrey, you might pop in to the parish church just off the main street and visit her tomb. I usually notice it when I'm paying homage to actor Edmund Kean who's buried in the church. Michael

I'm in Richmond quite often, Mike. Which church is this?

I can't remember the name of the church but it's a few steps off the main shopping street up an alleyway on your left as you walk towards the river.

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