‘The most popular novel of the nineteenth century, and still one of the best plots in English literature’ Sarah Waters
The original ‘sensation novel’, The Woman in White opens with Walter Hartright’s eerie encounter with a strange, solitary woman on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his ‘charming’ friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the corridors of English country mansions and the madhouse, this is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Matthew Sweet