'Coward! Sneak! May good men shun him, from henceforth! may his Queen refuse to receive him! You, an earl's daughter! Oh, Isabel! How utterly you have lost yourself!' When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer, more is at stake than moral retribution. Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who feared a breakdown of the social order as divorce became more readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family. In her novel the simple act of hiring a governess raises the spectres of murder, disguise, and adultery. Her sensation novel was devoured by readers from the Prince of Wales to Joseph Conrad and continued to fascinate theatre-goers and cinema audiences well into the next century. This edition returns for the first time to the racy, slang-ridden narrative of the first edition, rather than the subsequent stylistically 'improved' versions hitherto reproduced by modern editors. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Ellen Wood, was an English novelist, better known as "Mrs. Henry Wood". She is perhaps remembered most for her 1861 novel East Lynne, but many of her books became international best-sellers, being widely received in the United States and surpassing Charles Dickens' fame in Australia. Was born in Worcester in 1814. In 1836 she married Henry Wood, who worked in the banking and shipping trade in Dauphiné in the South of France, where they lived for 20 years. On the failure of Wood's business, the family (including four children) returned to England and settled in Upper Norwood near London, where Ellen Wood turned to writing. This supported the family (Henry Wood died in 1866). She wrote over 30 novels, many of which (especially East Lynne) enjoyed remarkable popularity. Among the best known are Danesbury House, Oswald Cray, Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles, The Channings, Lord Oakburn's Daughters and The Shadow of Ashlydyat. In 1867, Wood purchased the English magazine Argosy, which had been founded by Alexander Strahan in 1865. Her writing tone would be described as "conservative and Christian," occasionally expressing religious rhetoric. She wrote much of the magazine herself, but other contributors included Hesba Stretton, Julia Kavanagh, Christina Rossetti, Sarah Doudney and Rosa Nouchette Carey. Wood continued as its editor until her death in 1887, when her son Charles Wood took over.Wood's works were translated into many languages, including Russian. Leo Tolstoy, in a 9 March 1872 letter to his older brother Sergei, noted that he was "reading Mrs. Wood's wonderful novel In the Maze". Wood wrote several works of supernatural fiction, including "The Ghost" (1862) and the often anthologized "Reality or Delusion?" (1868). At her death (caused by bronchitis) her estate was valued at over £36,000, then a very considerable sum. She was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. A monument to her was unveiled in Worcester Cathedral in 1916 (font: Wikipedia).
The Queen of Sensation Novels, Ellen Wood, better known as "Mrs. Henry Wood", became an international publishing phenomenon, producing works such as the controversial ‘East Lynne’ that achieved incredible financial success due to her inimitable gift of storytelling. This comprehensive eBook presents Wood’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Wood’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * 19 novels, with individual contents tables * Many rare novels appearing in digital print for the first time, including WITHIN THE MAZE, LORD OAKBURN’S DAUGHTERS and ROLAND YORKE, the sequel to the popular THE CHANNINGS * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Rare short stories * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Includes Wood’s rare non-fiction text OUR CHILDREN – available in no other collection * Includes the memoir by the author’s son – first time in digital print * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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The Novels DANESBURY HOUSE EAST LYNNE A LIFE’S SECRET MRS. HALLIBURTON’S TROUBLES THE CHANNINGS THE FOGGY NIGHT AT OFFORD THE SHADOW OF ASHLYDYAT VERNER’S PRIDE LORD OAKBURN’S DAUGHTERS OSWALD CRAY TREVLYN HOLD WILLIAM ALLAIR MILDRED ARKELL IT MAY BE TRUE ELSTER’S FOLLY ST. MARTIN’S EVE ROLAND YORKE WITHIN THE MAZE THE STORY OF CHARLES STRANGE
The Shorter Fiction THE ELCHESTER COLLEGE BOYS THE GHOST OF THE HOLLOW FIELD JOHNNY LUDLOW JOHNNY LUDLOW, SECOND SERIES JOHNNY LUDLOW. THIRD SERIES JOHNNY LUDLOW. FOUR SERIES JOHNNY LUDLOW. FIFTH SERIES JOHNNY LUDLOW. SIXTH SERIES
The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Non-Fiction OUR CHILDREN
The Biography MEMORIALS OF MRS. HENRY WOOD by Charles W. Wood
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