Set in early 19th century London, this story by the author of "The Woman in White" describes the anguish and betrayal resulting from a secret and unconsummated marriage. This edition is based on the 1862 revised text and accompanying notes include some of Collins' more important alterations.
In Basil's secret and unconsummated marriage to the linen-draper's sexually precocious daughter, and the shocking betrayal, insanity, and death that follow, Collins reveals the bustling, commercial London of the nineteenth century wreaking its vengeance on a still powerful aristocratic world. Contemporary reviewers vehemently disapproved of this explicit treatment of adultery; and even today the passionate and lurid atmosphere he creates still has the power to disturb the reader. This book is intended for general, students and teachers of Victorian fiction, women's studies.
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