To critic Andrew ManghamThe White Maniac examplifies a Victorian fascination with the potential for violence and irrationality in female adolescents, and detection as sustain[ing] a number of social hierarchies through the actual and figurative...
The novel's protagonist, Lady Isabel Vane, is left destitute on her father's death and marries the steadfast but dull lawyer Archibald Carlyle without truly loving him. With a home life made miserable by her prim...
In a subplot Adeline de Castella breaks with her beloved Frederick St John when her Catholic
father forbids her to marry him. The emotion of their parting causes her to break a blood vessel, after...
The Australian Journal carried MF
's The White Maniac: A Doctor's Tale, a far more sensational and macabre short story than My Lady Jane.
In his article on the story, Andrew Mangham
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Mangham, Andrew. “Life after Death: Apoplexy, Medical Ethics and the Female Undead”. Women’s Writing, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 282-99.
Mangham, Andrew. “The Detective Fiction of Female Adolescent Violence”. Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol.