TAKEN AT THE FLOOD (1874)
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The Publication History of the Novel
Jennifer Carnell (items from Jennifer Carnell's Braddon Collection)
The first edition in three volumes, published by John
Maxwell in 1874.
This book was later owned by Braddon's son Gerald Maxwell and was given to me by Mary Elizabeth Braddon's grandson Henry Maxwell.
Signed by Braddon on the half title of volume 1 to Colonel Price.
'Taken at the Flood,' Athenaeum, 2 May 1874.
'Miss Braddon has returned to her best style. 'Taken at the
Flood' is far better than 'Milly Darrell,' - than 'Lucius Davoren,' - than
'Strangers and Pilgrims,' - than, in short, any of those books of hers which
we have both praised and blamed, but with none of which we have been satisfied
during the last two years. 'Taken at the Flood' is a very simple story, which
does not seem to have cost Miss Braddon so much pains to write as some of
those which we have named. It is, however, - that which they are not - a tale
really worthy of her talent. It is not a great novel, but it is a thoroughly
Bibliography and Recommended Reading:
Jennifer Carnell, The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Sensation Press, 2000).
Robert Lee Wolff, Sensational Victorian: The Life and Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (New York: Garland, 1979).
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