Robert Lee Wolff

Standard Name: Wolff, Robert Lee


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Education Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Later in life, she did Latin translation with her children and taught herself some Greek, in hopes, according to biographer and critic Robert Lee Wolff , of remedying the deficiency in her education that caused...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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 (who...
Literary responses May Laffan
This book sold well, and remains ML 's most successful novel.
Kahn, Helena Kelleher. Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland’s Political and Religious Controversies in the Fiction of May Laffan Hartley. ELT.
Some initial reviews were favourable, but most afforded Hogan, M.P. at best lukewarm praise. The Protestant, Unionist Dublin University Magazine declared that though...
Literary responses Mary Augusta Ward
MAW 's meticulous character study and tragic love story is sometimes considered her best novel. It was positively received by George Meredith , Sir J. M. Barrie , and Henry James. James wrote to her...
Literary responses Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Robert Lee Wolff considers this, with Joshua Haggard's Daughter, one of her two masterpieces.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Sensational Victorian. Garland.
Literary responses Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Athenæum praised MEB 's command of English and avoidance of sensationalism in this work.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
3164 (1888): 759
Her biographer Robert Lee Wolff judged it to be the best of all her sensation novels.
Burmester, James et al. English Books. James Burmester Rare Books.
69: 36
Literary responses Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Critic Robert Lee Wolff places this among MEB 's best works for its psychological delicacy and stylistic economy and its bold treatment of physical love.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Sensational Victorian. Garland.
392, 395
Literary responses Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Margaret Oliphant 's critique of the sensation novel in 1867 relied heavily on attacking MEB 's reputation. The best she would say was that some of Braddon's works deserved some of their success. Braddon's sole...
Publishing Mary Elizabeth Braddon
From late 1861 MEB published in her future husband John Maxwell 's Temple Bar, edited by George Augustus Sala , a periodical which aimed to compete with the prestigious Cornhill Magazine.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Sensational Victorian. Garland.
Publishing Mary Elizabeth Braddon
A subplot excised in revision as Henry Dunbar was recycled into the short story Lost and Found: this removed the bigamy and blackmail from the novel. This time the novel in book form was...
Publishing Charlotte Riddell
A New York edition from Harper, compressing three volumes to one, appeared the following year. A Garland facsimile appeared in 1979 in a series on Ireland and Irish politics, with an introduction by Robert Lee Wolff
Publishing Annie Keary
She had worked on this novel both at Pégomas near Cannes in the South of France and at her home in Kensington. For some reason she found none of her usual pleasure in composition...
Publishing May Laffan
A new edition of Hogan, M.P. appeared from Macmillan in 1881 (reissued in 1883), and a New York edition from G. Munro in 1882. The novel was thereafter out of print until Garland Publishing reprinted...
Textual Features Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The philanthropic aristocrat Charles Raymond in this story is based on MEB 's friend Charles Bray .
Carnell, Jennifer. The Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon: A Study of Her Life and Work. Sensation Press.
Wolff sees Isabel (who during her youth lives as did MEB in Camberwell) as a kind...
Textual Features Mary Elizabeth Braddon
As Robert Lee Wolff argues, The Lady's Mile represents an innovation in the portrayal of male character in Victorian fiction: MEB 's brave officer sells his commission and leaves the army in order to pursue...


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Wolff, Robert Lee et al. “Devoted Disciple: The Letters of Mary Elizabeth Braddon to Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, 1862-1873”. Harvard Library Bulletin, Vol.
, pp. 1 - 35, 129.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Gains and Losses: Novels of Faith and Doubt in Victorian England. Garland, 1977.
Wolff, Robert Lee, and May Laffan. “May Laffan Hartley and Two Examples of her Irish Fiction”. Hogan, M.P., Garland, 1979, p. v - ix.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Garland, 1986.
Wolff, Robert Lee. Sensational Victorian. Garland, 1979.
Wolff, Robert Lee. The Golden Key. Yale University Press, 1961.