East Lynne by Mrs Henry Wood
Softcover. Condition: Near Fine. ~1900 - 1910. Collins. Illustrated by Eva Roos.
Full maroon leather cover with gold gilt title and decor on spine. Near Fine condition with minimal shelfwear.
A sensational Victorian novel.
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 continues to fascinate