Life

A number of novels appeared posthumously, giving an eerie sense that her prolific output continued from the Other Side. The growth in Modernism soon relegated Florence Marryat to the ranks of forgotten authors, an even an appearance in Flora Poste’s list of Victorian novels that could be read whilst eating an apple failed to raise her profile.

Andrew Maunder’s excellent scholarly edition of Love’s Conflict as part of the Varieties of Women’s Sensation Fiction series is hopefully the start of a sustained period of critical attention. Indeed, Florence is popping up in a number of doctoral theses (including my own), and this remarkable woman is starting to get the recognition she deserves.

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