Aurora Floyd

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Aurora Floyd
Aurora Floyd Novel Cover.jpg
AuthorMary Elizabeth Braddon
GenreSensation novel
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages474 pp (UK paperback)

Aurora Floyd (1863) is a sensation novel written by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.[1] It is a follow-up novel to Braddon's highly popular Lady Audley's Secret (1862).[1] The plot follows the eponymous heroine, the daughter of a marriage between a nobleman, and an actress, as she grows into sexual maturity and is embroiled in mystery and scandal. The story includes such controversial elements as bigamy, murder, and elopement.[1][2]


Aurora Floyd was first serialized in Temple Bar Magazine January 1862-January 1863, then published in 3 volumes by William Tinsley in 1863.[1]


Aurora Floyd was dramatised for the stage by Colin Henry Hazlewood in 1863 and first performed at the Britannia Theatre Saloon in 1863. The script was subsequently published by Thomas Hailes Lacy's in his series Acting Edition of Plays, the 85th play in the series. Tinsley also dramatised other works by Braddon, notably Lady Audley's Secret.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d John Sutherland. "Aurora Floyd" in The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, 1989.
  2. ^ "Review of Aurora Floyd by M. E. Braddon". Athenæum (No. 1840): 144–145. 31 January 1863.
  3. ^ G. C. Boase, Megan A. Stephan, "Hazlewood, Colin Henry (1823–1875)", rev. Megan A. Stephan, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, (accessed 3 December 2011)

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