THE WHITE PHANTOM
MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
Edited and With an Introduction
by Jennifer Carnell
At the time she wrote her most famous novels, Braddon
also wrote a number of anonymous serials for lower class magazines. The
third of these serial novels was The White Phantom (1862-1863).
Aimed at the poorest readers, it offers obvious parallels with her middle
class fiction. In common with sensation fiction it contains an astonishing
amount of crime, mystery, 'no name' children, and an undercurrent of secrets
hidden by respectability.
The White Phantom gives the reader a portrayal of decadent upper
class life, intertwined with worthy working class characters from travelling
shows. Set in 1860s London, Lady Blanche Vavasour resorts to murder when
her former art teacher and lover threatens to give her compromising letters
to her fiancé. After her marriage to the Duke of Arlington, Blanche
attains the wealth she desired, but is haunted by the avenging figure
of the White Phantom - who knows her murderous secret.
The White Phantom is unobtainable to the modern reader, as it has
never been published in book form. This unabridged edition has been reprinted
from its serialisation in a rare and short-lived magazine.
The book also includes a previously
unlocated short story by Braddon called 'The Higher Life'.
This edition is limited to 500 copies, individually numbered and signed
by the editor.
Hardback, with introduction, explanatory notes and illustrations reproduced
from the original serialisation.
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