Friday, February 15, 2008

Thou Art the Man.
The horror of that murder haunts me—a young woman, young and beautiful, full of the pride of life, caught like a hunted fawn in a wood, caught and slaughtered by a raging maniac...
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Thou Art the Man (1894)
Kansas City's Valancourt Books has recently reissued the Queen of Sensation's Thou Art the Man—a tale of murder and madness in which an heiress pursues the answers to an unsolved case that may implicate her cousin as the culprit. It has been out of print since 1894.

Although Wilkie Collins is often credited with the first full-length mystery novel (The Woman in White, 1860), Braddon's work is contemporaneous with his (e.g., Trail of the Serpent, 1860; Lady Audley's Secret, 1862).


Cap'n Bob said...

Wasn't this reprinted as "You Da Man" in 1994? I didn't think so.

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

That Cap'n Bob. What a card.