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Read & download ó East Lynne 102 ↠ ❮Reading❯ ➶ East Lynne Author Mrs. Henry Wood – When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer is at stake than moral retribution Ellen Wood played upon the anxieties of the Victorian middle classes who f When the aristocratic LEries For over years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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 voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and muc. East Lynne was an extraordinary publishing success in its day and it’s not difficult to see why It’s right up there with the best of Victorian sensation fiction which for me means Wilkie Collins I have also tried Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret which was fun but not uite in the same league Ellen Wood’s literary career had a distinctive and unusual shape She began her life as a wealthy Victorian wife and mother; then when her husband’s business failed she reinvented herself in her mid forties as a highly successful novelist and magazine editor The fact that she was writing to keep her family financially afloat presumably explains the racy populist “sensational” character of her fiction My impression from East Lynne is that she had the writing skills to craft a very different kind of fiction had she wanted to—perhaps something along the lines of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters whose provincial town setting East Lynne shares This is a novel of two halves The first is a morality tale so clearly portended from the opening pages that I don’t feel any scruples about spoilers in revealing the plot Penniless but beautiful Isabel Vane daughter of a spendthrift nobleman marries a wealthy country lawyer Archibald Carlyle whom she admires and likes but does not love After a marriage of some years when the couple have three children Isabel abandons her family in a moment of madness for an old flame and notorious rake Francis Levison with predictably disastrous resultsSo far so archetypal as a morality tale but the novel doesn’t stop there; instead it takes a plunge into the bizarre and uasi Gothic for the final long stretch of the book The plotting gets convoluted in this section as the novel’s subplot concerning an unsolved murder becomes ever closely enmeshed with its main sentimental plot There are some highly unexpected developments in the second half of the book and spoilers would truly be spoilers Suffice to say that Lady Isabel gets a peculiar and grotesue second act something akin to a Dantean contrapassoOne striking thing in the novel is to watch a highly upright Victorian female novelist engaging sympathetically with the plight of a “fallen woman”—and one who on the face of things has far less justification than famous sisters in sin such as Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina her husband Archibald Carlyle is pretty close to a model spouse warm witty intelligent handsome kind loyal Ellen Wood heaps all kinds of opprobrium on Isabel and inflicts all kinds of punishment on her in narrative terms; yet she sticks with her and refuses to condemn her in absolute This seems to me positively enlightened by Victorian standardsLike other Victorian “provincial novels” East Lynne has a strong interest in class and in social stratification I found Wood’s take on this intriguing One subplot of the novel is the displacement of the landed aristocracy represented as morally and physically degenerate despite a certain surface glamour by a new rising meritocratic bourgeois class Where male characters are concerned this dichotomy plays out most clearly in the contrasted figures of Levison and Carlyle Where women are concerned the starkest contrast is between Isabel and her love rival Barbara Hare the daughter of a local magistrate and a childhood friend and distant cousin of Carlyle The contrast has an almost Darwinian character—in a novel published hardly than a year after On the Origin of Species—with Isabel physically delicate and illness prone and Barbara the picture of energetic good healthThis makes the novel sound very schematic and that’s a little unfair Barbara’s brother Richard falsely accused of murder is an interesting attempt to portray a sympathetic male character who is self declaredly lacking in courage and considerably less “virile” than his sister for example There’s an interesting pairing to be explored across the novel’s class divide between Isabel and Richard both of whom spend part of the novel in disguiseA further outstanding feature of East Lynne—worth noting precisely because it is so unusual in Victorian middle class fiction—is that a servant emerges as a genuine character in the novel Joyce Hallijohn who works first for Carlyle’s termagant sister Cornelia and then in the household of Carlyle Joyce is represented as a woman of sense and sensibility an intelligent and sympathetic observer of the novel’s domestic melodrama as well as an occasional plot agent Fortunately for the reader Wood euips her with the kind of family background that allows her plausibly to be portrayed as speaking in standard English she is the daughter of a legal clerk and a downwardly mobile “lady” so we are spared the tiresome over colored attempts at dialectal speech that generally characterize Victorian novelists’ forays below stairs

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When the aristocratic Lady Isabel abandons her husband and children for her wicked seducer 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 readily available and promiscuity threatened the sanctity of the family In her novel the simple act of hiring a governess raises the spectres of murd. Eat your heart out Wilkie Collins What a fantastic book this is I just loved every minute of it and there were a LOT of minutes – for some reason it took me an age to read For about three weeks I felt like I was living in the middle of a Victorian soap opera There was murder betrayal divorce disguises and death and all this set among a backdrop of stately homes and horse and carriages What’s not to loveI can’t understand why this book is not better known or held in higher esteem Hallelujah for Oxford World Classics reviving this book with a fab cover too I haven’t read anywhere near the amount of Victorian classics that I want to yet but for me this ranks among my favourites now Classed as a sensational novel in the 1800’s when it was written this book was serialised in a weekly newspaper How I would have waited with baited breath for each new edition to hit the news standsThe books main character is Lady Isabel Vane who lives at East Lynne a grand stately home with her Father When her Father the Earl of Mount Severn dies and his debts are discovered Lady Isabel is proposed to by the lovely young lawyer Archibald Carlyle much to the heartache of one Barbara Hare who unbeknown to Archibald is in love with him Lady Isabel and Archibald seem happy together and go on to have three children but all the while Archibald is helping Barbara Hare to clear her brother’s name for a murder that was committed some years ago and for which he escaped the scene of the crime and hasn’t been seen since With all the clandestine meetings between Archibald and Barbara Lady Isabel is overcome by jealousy and in the heat of the moment abandons her entire family for a man of very dubious character I don’t want to say too much else for fear of spoiling the book for anyone but needless to say that this is most definitely not the last we see of Lady Isabel or the “cad” she ran off with With misinterpreted conversations gallore hushed secrets and christmas cracker disguises this book gallops along with you not daring to let goI can honestly say that for me there was not a dull moment in this book It is very accessible and easy to read even for those who find Victorian literature hard going and long though the book was I was sad when I came to the endI think I can honestly say that the sensational novels of the Victorian era are becoming my favourites having also loved Lady Audley’s Secret Mary Elizabeth Braddon and The Woman In White Wilkie Collins I love the dramatic story lines and the fact that you can almost hear the swish of the stage curtain at the end of a chapter and the “DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN”Fabulous book Highly recommended Why oh why is this book not better known

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East LynneEr 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 subseuent stylistically 'improved' versions hitherto reproduced by modern editors About the S. When one wants to read a Victorian author who wrote salacious stories full of intrigue and unreuited love and a dash of murder they usually reach for Wilkie Collins And there's nothing wrong with that because Collins is one of my favorites and he is truly delicious Or they turn to his BFF Charles Dickens arguably the most famous Victorian author evahThe I read however the I realize there are a lot of other books that are really great and I dare say better than Dickens This is one of themMrs Henry Wood was Ellen Wood who apparently wrote some 30 novels East Lynne is apparently the most well known of the batch I say this because it's the only book my normally awesome library system has by herIf you want sensational you'd be doing yourself a favor by picking up this book This story has it all there is a murder mystery and there's also sort of unreuited love and love triangles and sneaky financial sorts and even a courtroom drama I really enjoyed the entire story and felt connected to most of the characters throughout even if they did lean towards the melodramatic with some swooning and lots of tearsThere's a heart here that is missing from a lot of Dickens's stories or even those by Collins One could say that as a female author Wood was able to get into the hearts of her female characters in ways that her male counterparts might struggle with being the repressed Victorian fellows that they were and all But maybe it's just that Wood is a better writer and understands human nature better than they In any case she rocked the socks off of charactersShe didn't shy away from awkward parts of her story either There's less than subtle references to sex and female characters who weren't really excited by it That also seems unusual for the time period but was sort of refreshing to readThere are a few different storylines in this book but they all come together fairly well in the end Wood focused on one person or one family for a bit and then turned her focus to another person or family for another bit but throughout all of that the reader never loses sight of the other persons or families which I found to be rather artfully done Even though I was reading about the Carlyles for example I never stopped thinking about the Hares and vice versa mostly because Wood managed to tie pieces of the other family's stories into one another so they were never very far from the reader's mind even if they were not the focal point at that particular moment So often while reading Dickens we meet characters and then they disappear for a great part of the book and by the time they show up again it's like Oh shit yeah this guy Riiiight and then I have to remember what his story even was I didn't have that problem with Wood Because she was goodI highly recommend this to people who dig sensational Victorian novels as I do and especially to those who like to read less well known Victorian authors This was a delicious read My only complain was actually on the last page that made me roll my eyes and feel differently about the entire story but the pros definitely outweigh the cons here