GERARD;
OR,
THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL (1891)
BY
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The publication history of the novel
by
Jennifer Carnell

The first edition in three volumes, published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. in 1891.
The volumes pictured here display the labels of Mudie's Select Circulating Library.

Yellowback edition, published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. in 1892.

Reprint published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. in 1892.

'Gerard', Saturday Review, 5 November 1891.

'It may be questioned whether Miss Braddon's pen is more remarkable for its fecundity or for its regularity. Year after year it furnishes, with the unvarying punctuality of a machine, its annual quota of fiction, whereof each volume, following perhaps the example of machine-made work in general, bears a strong resemblance to its fellows. But her work is almost always readable, and sometimes rises, in its own line, to a point of considerable interest […] she has therein attempted a task beyond her means […] Gerard is no more a second P de C than is Miss Braddon herself a second Balzac […] Gerard disappoints us mainly because in it the author has failed to fulfil the promise of her opening chapters, which start the story in a style calculated to whet the appetite of all who turn to modern fiction in search of the sensational […] The effect of the whole book is not only unpleasing, but unreal; neither its men nor its women impress one with the idea of vitality; one follows their fortunes without emotion, and leaves them without regret.' (Please note that transcripts were originally made as rough research notes by Jennifer Carnell and that anyone wanting to quote them in their own work is advised to consult the original for complete accuracy.)

The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon by Jennifer Carnell (Biography)


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