MARY ELIZABETH BRADDON
The Publication History of the Novel
First edition published in three volumes by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. in 1892.
Yellowback edition published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. in 1893.
Reprint published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. in 1893.
'The Venetians,' Athenaeum, 11 June 1892.
'A homicide, an Italian singer, an Oxford athlete, and the Dark Continent are amongst the personages and paraphernalia of Miss Braddon's newest romance. Good John Vansittart, a putter of heavy weights, has got himself into trouble at Venice, and is concerned in a brawl which is fatal to another young Englishman. The fair but frail Fiordelisa has something to do with it, and from that time forward she is inextricably mixed up with the fortunes of Vansittart, and with those of the girl whom he marries. The story, it need not be said, is exciting and full of plot, and it is worked out with all the ingenuity that the author has taught her readers to expect from her. There are nearly all the good features of a Braddonian story in 'The Venetians,' amongst them being a remarkable and never-failing freshness in the dialogues and descriptions, which make a novel by the author of 'Lady Audley's Secret' invariably pleasant reading, however little or however great its sensation may be. In truth, Miss Braddon is a good deal more interesting in her pictures of the Marchant family - a selfish colonel and five pretty neglected daughters - than in her account of the homicide in the Venetian caffé. But of course the homicide is the mainspring of the story, and the art of the author is shown in the natural tracing out of consequences from her initial situation.' (Please note that synopses and transcripts of reviews and articles were originally made for personal research use by Jennifer Carnell, and that anyone wanting to quote them in their own work is advised to consult the original for complete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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