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Book Title: The Beetle: A Mystery (Valancourt Classics)|
The size of the: 985 KB
Edition: Valancourt Books
Date of issue: September 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781934555491
The author of the book: Richard Marsh
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books The Beetle: A Mystery (Valancourt Classics):An ancient Egyptian evil known as 'The Beetle' has arrived in London to wreak a mysterious vengeance on politician Paul Lessingham. When this strange creature, 'born neither of God nor man', orchestrates the disappearance of Lessingham's fiancee Marjorie, it becomes a race against time to solve the mystery of the Beetle and save Marjorie from an unthinkable fate! Told alternately from the points of view of Robert Holt, a clerk who is hypnotized into becoming a mindless slave, Marjorie, a beautiful and independent New Woman, Sydney Atherton, a cynical inventor of murderous weapons of war, and the clever detective Augustus Champnell, "The Beetle" is a thrilling mystery that will keep readers guessing until its startling climax.
This new edition is certain to become the definitive edition of Marsh's most successful novel. It features the unabridged text of the 1897 first edition, including a reproduction of its cover and all four illustrations by John Williamson. Minna Vuohelainen's introduction corrects the errors of previous scholars and places the novel in the context of fin de siecle fiction and growing uneasiness over urban conditions, imperialism, and gender roles. Also featured in this edition are substantial selections of fictional and nonfictional contextual material, including excerpts from Marsh's other works and unpublished manuscripts, as well as detailed notes for modern readers."
Read information about the authorRichard Marsh (October 12, 1857–August 9, 1915) was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldmann. He is best known for his supernatural thriller The Beetle: A Mystery, which was published in the same year as Bram Stoker's Dracula and was initially even more popular. The Beetle remained in print until 1960, and was subsequently resurrected in 2004 and 2007. Heldman was educated at Eton and Oxford University. He began to publish short stories, mostly adventure tales, as "Bernard Heldmann," before adopting the name "Richard Marsh" in 1893. Several of the prolific Marsh's novels were published posthumously.
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