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The Law and the Lady

ISBN : 9780199538164

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¥1,826
Author: 
Wilkie Collins; Jenny Bourne Taylor
Pages
480 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 197 mm
Pub date
Aug 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics

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Valeria Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name in the marriage register incorrectly, and this slip is followed by the gradual disclosure of a series of secrets about her husband's earlier life, each of which leads on to another set of questions and enigmas. Her discoveries prompt her to defy her husband's authority, to take the law into into a labyrinthine maze of false clues and deceptive identities, in which the exploration of the tangled workings of the mind becomes linked to an investigation into the masquerades of femininity. Probably the first full-length novel with a woman detective as its heroine, The Law and the Lady is a fascinating example of Collins's later fiction. First published in 1875, it employs many of the techniques used in The Moonstone, developing them in bizarre and unexpected ways, and in its Gothic and fantastic elements The Law and the Lady adds a significant dimension to the history of detective fiction. *ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the text
Select bibliography
A chronology of Wilkie Collins
The Law and the Lady
Explanatory notes

About the author: 

Edited with an introduction by Jenny Bourne Taylor, Lecturer in English, University of Sussex

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