A STRANGE WORLD (1875)
BY
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The Publication History of the Novel
By
Jennifer Carnell

Yellowback edition, published by Ward, Lock, & Tyler, circa 1876.

'A Strange World,' World, 17 February 1875.

'In A Strange World Miss Braddon has selected a broader canvas, and has introduced us to a wider range of character, than we have had in her recent novels. From first to last, the grouping of her dramatis personae is most effectively and artistically managed. The work is full of light and shadow; a somewhat complicated plot is evolved with cleanness and skill, and the interest of the entire story is admirably sustained. A Strange World is so far a sensation novel that its chief interest hinges upon a murder. But we have some very clever character-portraits as well. Madge, Maurice Clissold, and Churchill Penwyn are each of them excellent studies. The scene of the story is the county Miss Braddon loves so well - Cornwall, and her descriptions of Cornish landscapes, of the wild coast that abuts upon the Atlantic, of hill and wood and moor and valley, are in her happiest vein. The novel is brimful of life and movement of a thoroughly healthy kind.' ( Please note that transcripts were originally made as research notes by Jennifer Carnell and that anyone wanting to quote them in their own work is advised to consult the original for complete accuracy.)

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