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Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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    (October 4, 1935-February 4, 1915)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Wrote 'The Trail of the Serpent,' 'The Octaroon,' 'Lady Audley's Secret,' 'Aurora Floyd,' 'Asphodel,' 'Phantom Fortune,' and 'The World, the Flesh, and the Devil'
    She wrote 'sensation fiction,' which dealt with lurid subjects like murder, adultery, and bigamy.
    Speaking of adultery, she fell in love with a married man, John Maxwell.
    Not only did she fall in love with Maxwell, but she lived with him and bore him six children in all.
    Their relationship caused a scandal, in which their servants quit.
    She finally married Maxwell at age 37, after his wife died.
    Most of her novels are now out of print.
    She became an actress to provide for her mother and herself.
    She received critical re-evaluation by feminist critics such as Elaine Showalter in the 20th century.
    'Aurora Floyd' and 'Lady Audley's Secret' were adapted for the stage.
    She founded and edited literary magazines.
    To be fair, she helped raise John Maxwell's five children from his first marriage, since their mother was in an asylum.
    Her brother was premier of Tasmania.
    Her son, William Babington Maxwell, also became a novelist.

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