Armadale (2nd Edition) by John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins

By John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins

Whilst the aged Allan Armadale makes a bad confession on his death-bed, he has little inspiration of the repercussions to come back, for the key he finds comprises the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gas the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of stressed identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, cash – and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as 'One of the main hardened woman villains whose units and needs have ever blackened fiction'. She is still one of the such a lot enigmatic and interesting ladies in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish middle of this so much sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'.

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Works cited Newspapers Black and White Daily Mail Daily Mirror Daily News Illustrated London News News of the World Punch Articles and Books Ashmead-Bartlett, Ellis. Port Arthur. London, 1906. Jackson, Russell. Victorian Theatre. London, 1989. Joll, James. The Origins of the First World War. London, 1984. Koss, Stephen. The Rise of the Political Press in Britain, vol. I. London, 1981. Leaney, Jennifer. ), Death, Ritual and Bereavement. London, 1989. Lynch, George. Impressions of a War Correspondent.

The middleclass move to codify the rules and regulations of traditional sports can be seen as analogous to similar attempts to remove the excessive barbarities of armed conflict. The result was a move towards agreement on rules of warfare which culminated in the Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907. By the end of the nineteenth century, coverage of sport increased in the non-specialist daily and, in particular, the weekly press. These utilized an average 10 per cent or more of available news space in daily papers like the Daily Mail, and up to 14 per cent in Sunday papers such as the News of the World.

An examination of the ways in which actual warfare was vicariously experienced by readers of newspapers would go some way to explain the popular response to the call to arms. If warfare was seen as something beneficial, exciting, fun and not too dangerous, then volunteers would not necessarily have to think very hard about becoming soldiers and fighting for their country. Newspapers are valuable as a historical source to access these attitudes of actual warfare for many reasons. Firstly, the development of the press in the latter half of the nineteenth century led to a more commercial, reader-oriented form of communication.

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