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"Mid-Victorian London feels so real you can almost taste it. . . . Masterful." --Washington Post Book World

Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British womens movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helens failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style.

"[A] cozily lurid novel." —The New York Times Book Review

"[A]n intriguing tale of mystery and passion." --The Oregonian
 
 
Emma Donoghue is an Irish novelist, playwright, and historian. Her novel Slammerkin was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and a host of other publications. She received a BA from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is now a permanent Canadian resident. She lives in Ontario.

Synopsis:

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, THE SEALED LETTER is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian style.

Synopsis:

Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British womens movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helens failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style.

 

About the Author

Born in Ireland, Emma Donoghue spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. She is the author of Slammerkin as well as two other novels, a collection of short stories, and a collection of fairy tales. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.

Table of Contents

Contents

i Prima Facie 1

ii Feme Covert 55

iii Reasonable Suspicion 89

iv Engagement 105

v Surveillance 123

vi Actus Reus 149

vii Desertion 163

viii Mutatis Mutandis 197

ix Counterclaim 219

x Subpoena 233

xi Trial 247

xii Evidence 285

xiii Sabotage 307

xiv Contempt 317

xv Charge 329

xvi Witness 337

xvii Verdict 363

xviii Feme Sole 371

Authors Note 391

Acknowledgements 399

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547247762
Author:
Donoghue, Emma
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Lesbian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in

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Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British womens movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helens failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style.

 

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