While appearing on stage MEB
must have found it a challenge to protect herself from unwanted sexual attentions. She attracted the attention, apparently without meeting disapproval from her mother, of newspaper proprietor Charles Bray
Material Conditions of Writing
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
's first publications included verse in The Beverley Recorder. A patron, John Gilby
, volunteered to underwrite the production and publication of a volume of her poetry, stipulating that the principal piece should...