DROSS; OR, THE ROOT OF EVIL
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
Edited by Jennifer Carnell
Fascinated by the theatre from an early age, and an actress for almost eight years, Braddon was keen to be a successful playwright. From the mid 1850s she pursued this aim with varying success; a number of anonymous farces were performed, and short runs of other plays appeared.
Dross; Or, The Root of Evil is a three act comedy about the dangers of sudden wealth. Although light-hearted, it humorously echoes some of the conventions of sensation fiction, with a concealed will, displaced heir, and villainous groom. Marjorie Daw is reminiscent of the one act farces Braddon appeared in as a young actress, and is based on a story by the American author Thomas Bailey Aldrich.
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