MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The Publication History of the Novel
Abridged pocket edition reprint, circa 1910, published by Hurst and Blackett.
Frontis illustration from the pocket edition.
'Her Convict,' Athenaeum, 26 October 1907.
'The veteran author shows observation and close touch with the times in this melodrama, if we may use the word without a hint of depreciation. The book-learned but simple daughter of a scholarly clergyman has ruled his home near Dartmoor since her mother's death. To her enters a convict - the innocent convict of her dreams. He escapes by her help, and, turning his education to some purpose, afterwards meets his rescuer in society. Her father detaches himself so far from the Stone Age as to see his merits, and all ends well. A counterplot but slightly connected with the cloud which darkened Desmond's prospects introduces another group. A good-hearted widow with an African fortune is the best of these rather commonplace characters. A graceless cad, her grandson, who attempts to poison her, is not the worst. A bad eminence is attained by the hard vulgarity of his step-mother, and the wickedness of a mercenary beauty, but the story, though clever, is depressing.' (Please note that transcripts were originally made as rough research notes by Jennifer Carnell and that anyone wanting to quote them in their own work is advised to consult the original for complete accuracy.)
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