MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The publication history of the novel.
Yellowback edition, published
by John and Robert Maxwell, circa 1885.
The novel was published first as a three decker.
Reprint published by Simpkin,
Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., circa 1906.
'Dead Men's Shoes', Athenaeum,
26 February 1876, p.295.
'Miss Braddon must
have great confidence in the devotion of her public, or she could hardly have
ventured to offer them such a story as her present one. From first to last,
there is not a single person or incident capable of kindling a spark of sympathy
or interest. The heroine is a disagreeable young woman. [
The authoress evidently means us to regard him as a model of all that is good
and noble: but she must forgive us for considering him a somewhat invertebrate
for putting up with it and taking her back]. [
younger sister is vulgar in speech...] "a precious sight" and
"a fat lot," and uses other gems of speech [
] one of
the feeblest novels which Miss Braddon has ever written [
a long passage
on Braddon's bad grammar
] How can Miss Braddon suppose that it is
possible for her to go on writing novel after novel without exhausting her
powers.' (Please note that transcripts were originally made as research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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