DEAD MEN'S SHOES (1876)
BY
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The publication history of the novel.
By
Jennifer Carnell

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. […her husband...] 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 animal […for putting up with it and taking her back]. […the 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 (Please note that transcripts were originally made as research notes by Jennifer Carnell and that anyone wanting to quote them in their own work is advised to consult the original for complete accuracy.)

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