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East Lynne is a novel by Ellen Wood. It tells the story of Lady Isabel Carlyle who leaves her husband and children to elope with her suitor after being lead to believe that her husband is in love with another woman. However, after having a child with her lover, he deserts her. More tragedy strikes when she is left disfigured and her child is killed in a tragic train accident. Her appearance altered beyond recognition, she ends up working as a governess for her former husband and his new wife, and takes temporary comfort in the fact that she can be close to her children.
A best-seller in its day, East Lynne is remembered for its elaborate and implausible plot. However regardless of this, it has been adapted many times into stage plays and films.
№ 90 in the 100 Best 19th Century British and Irish Novels list.
This book has 208,084 words, 382 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1861.
Production notes: This ebook of East Lynne was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 11th August 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Madame Lecerf' by François Gérard.
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