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This gothic romance observes the troubles of Elisabeth Spencer; from her childhood where she was raised by her father the kind Major while her mother a woman of falseness in name and person considered her an unwanted burden that hampered her indulgence into that good life which she had deceited herself to; to her orphaning and adoptation by Sir William; to her young adulthood where her inexperienced heart and hand is at stake as two lords vie for her attention one whose motifs are of true affection and one whose concern is her fortune and where villains and liars from her past reappear to haunt her with their own obscure schemesThis edition is reproduced directly from scanned microfilms of the one released in 1797 by a company called William Lane this was the first print of this tale Illegible words appear oft due to the poor uality of the scans The point here was to recreate the works as they first appeared not to improve upon them In other words this is how this early 19th century gothic novel appeared back in the days when it was still novelThe original print makes no mention of an author In a 1814 catalogue by Minerva Press who printed the books for William Lane the author is declared to be Mrs CarverThe book was originally printed in three seperate volumes


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    An 18th century romance where intrigue and misfortune seeks to fetter the truth opauely beyond their veils; review covering all three volumesThe late 18th and early 19th century was the golden age of romance novels The public wanted troubled love put to paper and such was their hunger for it that it permeated into other kinds of litterature often soaking contemporary dramas comedies historical portraits adventures Gothica and Orientalisms to such a degree that their own uniue genre traits suffered under the dominion of the romance novel To write one was certain to bring bread to the table than to dabble in other kinds of creative writing and so that is what many writers did Elizabeth is a product of this era; a tale of a lady of noble birth struggling with her heart and against those who would control it where secrets and grand revelations bring surprises and plot twists with regularity In other words it was one amongst the plethora of such novels made back then But while so many of its ilk has been consumed by the slow detriment of time's passing Elizabeth has survived in the Harvard University Houghton Library and thanks to the Gale ECCO Print Editions project it has again found its way onto fresh paper in fresh inkMiss Elizabeth Spencer is the daughter of Major William Spencer a war veteran of noble descent and Eliza Clavering a delicate yet deceitful woman of moderate means The Major had wed her in the belief that her innocence and modesty was true when alas it was but a falsehood and her façade were but part of her machinations to approach his wealth She had no intentions to let her life of surplus be retarded by the obligations of motherhood and saw no amusement in such a little senseless lump of existence; finally she eloped with a Lord Veremont leaving her husband and daughter to ponder her rash and puzzling decision So it was under the caring hands of the Major her father that Elizabeth got her upbringing By the time she had become a young woman many an occurrence had affected their lives – her uncle's unexplainable death and his inheritance; the unhealthy effect of her aunt the Lady Woodville; and the introduction of the enigmatic as well as contemptous Mr Burnaby with his own hidden past – all of which now remained mysterious and potentially problematic And even that was before Elizabeth discovered the pangs of a fascinated heart which many now seeked to control to their own gain Indeed this reviewer finds no astonishment in that the story reuired three volumes to resolve every unknown of young Elizabeth's tale which is bound to take many twists before its conclusionMrs Carver whoever was behind this pen name was a person of uite lofty prose This was an era when books often were read aloud even when in no one's company besides oneself and the language of Elizabeth reflects this Adding intonation to the sentences brings forth a sense of drama which is all too uickly lost without it The author has in his or her other novels proved to be proficient in making memorable and inspiring sentences and this reviewer finds this trait herein as well For the reader of this review to properly assess if the style of Elizabeth is to their liking an example is probably in order Such an unmerited compliment both to her person and understanding would have had a good effect upon most women who possessed any share of the latter but upon Mrs Spencer it had none – she flounced out of the room Leaving the Major to meditate upon his misfortunesThere is currently no alternative to the Gale ECCO edition of Elizabeth The golden age of romances has ended and the current hunger for 18th century novels is primarily concerned with Gothica which means that most metamodernist reproductions of works from that era are of Gothic novels Now Gale ECCO reproduces all their works image by image from microfilm scans of the original works This retains the feeling of the era bringing the reader a sense of moving into the part of history when the novel was written Negatively it also brings with it a potential for poor legibility if the text is damaged or due to any lacking uality of the original print Elizabeth does unfortuenately suffer from this as every so often one will come across damaged pages They are legible despite that they at times reuire some effort to understand and it is in this connection worth mentioning that this reviewer found no utterly indecipherable words throughout the volumes Still a reproduction in perfect legibility would here have been of valueThe genre known as romance has tended towards reiterating itself in new guises To an extent it also does this in Elizabeth yet this reviewer has found novelty as well More importantly the story does by its internal coherence discourage the reader to compare it to other works leaving one to enjoy the tale on its own merits rather than by comparisons with those of others This reviewer at least is glad that this novel survived