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by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The story of a young woman named Rachel West who is forced to navigate the complex social hierarchy of Victorian England. The book was first published in 1880 and has since become a beloved classic of English literature. Set in the late 19th century, "Asphodel" explores themes of love, ambition, and the struggle for social status. Rachel West, the protagonist, is a beautiful and intelligent young woman who dreams of a better life. But as she rises through the ranks of society, she discovers that the path to success is fraught with danger and betrayal. Through Rachel's journey, Braddon offers a vivid portrait of Victorian England and its rigid class system. She explores the complexities of relationships between men and women, as well as the limitations placed on women's ambitions during this time period. Despite its age, "Asphodel" remains a relevant and engaging work of literature that continues to captivate readers today. Braddon's masterful storytelling and intricate character development make this novel a must-read for anyone interested in Victorian literature or social commentary. With its timeless themes and unforgettable characters, "Asphodel" is a true classic of English literature that deserves a place on any bookshelf.


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Mary Elizabeth Braddon (4 October 1835 – 4 February 1915) was an English popular novelist of the Victorian era. She is best known for her 1862 sensation novel Lady Audley's Secret, which has als...

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