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Free download East Lynne è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Å ❮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 VSeries 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 mu. 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 mur. Well that was one of the most exciting Victorian novels I've ever read Fascinating themes poignant characterisation and wonderful plotting I'd highly recommend

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East LynneDer 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. East Lynne is a sensation novel written in the Victorian era It is also my first read of Ellen Wood Sensation novels were very a popular genre in the Victorian era and East Lynne was a best seller along with Wilkie Collin’s The Woman in White and Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret Adultery murder and mistaken identity were the popular themes of this genre and in all three above mentioned books these themes are touched at differing degrees Coming to the book East Lynne there is murder adultery and mistaken identity The book looked conceptually good and the sensation element was pretty intriguing The knowledge that I acuired that this novel was held eual with the above mentioned novels which I really liked and became my favourites was enough recommendation for me to look upon this with an eager enthusiasm But needless to say that I was very much disappointed It is in every sense a sensation novel; no disagreement there It had all the mentioned alluring themes But unfortunately these interesting themes were presented to us in a far fetched and implausible plot It gets and unrealistic with the progress of the story to the extent of exasperating the reader This was still alright; still tolerable But what was worst was Ellen Wood’s writing style She clearly has adopted a predictable unambiguous writing style affirming the doom of certain characters even before the catastrophe really strikes This predicable way of writing destroyed the element of suspense and made it an uninteresting and a tedious read It is really sad that a conceptually and thematically promising book fell flat due to the writing and its presentation Although thematically East Lynne could be similar to The Woman in White and Lady Audley’s Secret in its execution of the plot and characters East Lynne fall far too short to reach the excellence displayed in the other two novels