Lady Audley’s Secret: A Serial Reading of a Victorian Sensation (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023-Wednesday, March 15, 2023

6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Six Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description
When Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s sensational detective novel, Lady Audley’s Secret, burst onto the literary scene in 1861, readers were electrified by its intricate plot, complex characters, and terrifying meditation on the dark secrets lurking within respectable Victorian homes.

Wildly popular at the time and now considered a foundational sensation novel, Lady Audley’s Secret was serialized in Robin Goodfellow, the Sixpenny Magazine and the London Journal before appearing in at least nine editions during a three-month period in 1862. Despite achieving immense success and financial security— no small feat for a woman in the 19th century— Braddon was subjected to intense scrutiny because she lived with her married publisher.

Over six sessions, we'll discuss how Braddon used a popular literary genre to critique mainstream attitudes about gender, class, and sexuality, creating one of the most widely loved works of Victorian popular fiction in the process.
Six Sessions. $255/$230. Led by Amber Pouliot

Registration Fees

Registration is $255

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us
The Adult Education is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.