Florence Marryat on Page and on Stage
The chapter begins by examining in detail Florence Marryat's early career to demonstrate the significance of this under-researched figure in Victorian culture. Starting in 1865 with her bestseller, Love's Conflict, she soon became adept at re-packaging and performing aspects of her celebrity for consumption. Her author-editorship of London Society provided a space where Marryat could continue writing her brand of sensation fiction that reveals the genre as a series of performances in which gendered identity and the courtship plot could simultaneously be exposed as performative and where her own editorial persona could be endlessly reconstructed by her contributors. In moving away from editorship and towards the stage from the late 1870s onwards, Marryat's later career provides the opportunity for comparing her performative strategies as author-editor with those she uses as a playwright and actress.
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