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The Master of Hullingham Manor
Carlos Hullingham is a handsome devil: physically perfect but morally bankrupt. He is society’s darling, ‘but behind the sensuous charm of exterior there lurks the spirit of a fiend, ruthless in its cruelty and malice.’ His first wife, Adelaide Hullingham, is dead… done to death… and now his second wife is proving troublesome. Originally published in 1897, The Master of Hullingham Manor is a tale of wickedness, murder and revenge. With a cruel aristocrat, an imprisoned wife, a devious asylum owner, a fair bit of adultery, a vaulted room and a ‘Phantom Recital’ to boot, it is everything you'd expect from a 'shilling shocker’.
In the introductory essay to this new edition, Gina R. Collia reveals the true identity of Bernard Wentworth and paints a full and vivid picture of the authoress's extremely troubled life.
Published: 29 November 2023.
Case laminate hardback, 22.86mm x 15.24cm (6" x 9"), 140 pages.
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Bernard Wentworth... That was one of this writer's aliases... But let's call her by her actual Christian name, Eleanor. Eleanor led an extremely troubled life. She wrote very little during her short career as a writer, but she put everything she had into what she did write... literally; The Master of Hullingham Manor was born from Eleanor's own experiences of marrying the wrong man. Her actual history was as sensational, shocking and tragic (admittedly, without the murdering!) as that of the characters in her book. She was called 'devious' in court... She was laughed at and persecuted. If you want to know more, you'll have to buy the book!
Full cover of the new Nezu Press edition
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