THE FATAL THREE (1888)
BY
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The publication history of the novel
By
Jennifer Carnell

First edition published in three volumes by Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. in 1888. Rebound in a contemporary library binding. The library was on Holy Island.

Yellowback edition, published by Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., circa 1889.

'The Fatal Three', Athenaeum, 16 June 1888.

'In spite of an exceptionally rapid rate of production, Miss Braddon turns out her stories in very fair English. The world 'presumptuous' twice in three lines, is probably a printer's error, and it must not be taken as a test of the author's orthography. Like most of the novels which have preceded it from the same source, 'The Fatal Three' will compare favourably with nineteen out of twenty novels in respect of its construction. The plot is full and not a little intricate; but it is woven by a practiced hand, with a skill not simply born of writing many stories. As for the incidents, they are generally fresh and natural. The time has long gone by when Miss Braddon could be laughed at for an excess of sensationalism. There is nothing of the kind in her last novel, which is a really enjoyable romance, woven out of the lives of men and women such as we meet and know in the world around us.' (Please note that synopses and transcripts of reviews and articles were originally made as notes for personal research use by Jennifer Carnell, and that anyone wanting to quote them in their own work is advised to consult the original for complete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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