Thursday, June 03, 2010

Valancourt reissues Sheridan Le Fanu's first novel.

Valancourt Books has reissued Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's The Cock and Anchor (1845), which is, according to Stewart M. Ellis's Mainly Victorian, "an excellent 'costume' romance of old Dublin in the eighteenth century, abounding with exciting adventures, highway robberies, murders, and hair-breadth escapes" (144). Le Fanu (1814–73), famous for his supernatural tales, was the great-nephew of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The School for Scandal, etc.) and, according to the Dictionary of National Biography (1892), was "a man of handsome presence and great charm of manner" (397).

About the image: Title page from Le Fanu's The Cock and Anchor (illus. Brinsley Le Fanu, London: Downey, 1895).

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