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The Glasstown Chronicles #3: Humble Parry Takes A Trip

In the 19th Century there was a movement, slow but significant, that infiltrated thought and decision-making. Some of the first steps in the progress towards improvements in Women’s Rights were taken. It might have been quiet, but it went hand … Continue reading

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The Glasstown Chronicles #1: The Library

Beware! Beware! His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed And drunk the milk of Paradise. ‘A Vision In A Dream’ (‘STC’)   … Continue reading

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BLOGGING BRADDON: 2 Just when you think you know stuff, life is still full of surprises …

I have to admit – guiltily – that there were times when I could get slightly blasé about working on the Mary Braddon archive, now housed with the Augustine Library, at Canterbury Christ Church University. It constituted an embarrassment of … Continue reading

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Blogging Braddon: 1 The transfer of the Braddon archive to Canterbury Christ Church University

A small ink sketch by Mary Braddon (Mary Braddon Archive) It is a good feeling when something is finally achieved and the metaphorical boil is lanced, so to speak! For many years a huge and weighty cultural responsibility has been … Continue reading

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‘Dead Love Has Chains’: an unusual source examining male desire

I have been looking at how masculinity, male desire and sexuality are portrayed in nineteenth and early twentieth century literature for some time now. A fairly unknown novella that tackles these topics is Mary Braddon’s Dead Love Has Chains (1906). … Continue reading

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