MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The Publication History of the Novel
First edition in three volumes, rebound in a contemporary binding, published by John and Robert Maxwell in 1883.
Yellowback edition published by John and Robert Maxwell in 1884.
Phantom Fortune,' Athenaeum, 29 September 1883.
'Phantom Fortune' is a novel of modern society with some strong touches of a sort of romance which is more common in the author's books than in real life. "Miss Braddon" probably thought that the time had come to make another change in the character of her stories. She had recently devoted much attention to scenery, and had written in a calmer style than that of her earlier manner. In 'Phantom Fortune' the old strain comes out again in the midst of a great deal that is of the newest. The very latest and worst development of society in the present day is vigorously presented. It is a state of society which is given up to Frivolity, sham admiration of art, and the worship of wealth, and in which there is absolute freedom of manners and an absence of all principle. The book seems to have been written in great haste. It is full of trivial description, and the plot is disfigured by a want of care in construction which is surprising in one who has made the art of mystery her own.
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