East Lynne, a 19th century sensation novel


East Lynne by Mrs Henry Wood (Ellen Wood, 1814–1887) was published in three volumes in 1861, and became one of the major bestsellers of the Victorian period. Its complicated and melodramatic plot centres around a case of infidelity and involves a woman disguising herself as a servant in her husband’s house in order to be near her children. The book was adapted for the theatre, and was so popular it was said that a performance of East Lynne could be seen somewhere in the English-speaking world any Saturday night over a period of 40 years. The famous line ‘Gone, and never called me mother!’ is from a dramatisation rather than the original novel.

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East Lynne
1861, Leipzig, Germany
Mrs Henry Wood
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British Library
Tauch. 574a(2);575a;576(3)

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