Poison! Asylums! Murderous Orphans! O, how refined those Victorians were!
Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s The Trail of the Serpent (or Three Times Dead; or, The Secret of the Heath) is a semi-forgotten semi-classic sensationalist novel from 1860. Dust off those top hats and… whatever you do to a corset, and join the party as we continue our excursion through the haunts of lesser read Victorian literature.
The book comes with the ticket, which you can get right here.
MISTER WALTER NELSON is our guide; come in your fancies for biscuits, tea, and scandal.
Future titles for Victorian Literary Parlour:
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson AND The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Erewhon by Samuel Butler
Walter Nelson has been involved in multiple aspects of public history for 40 years, with a focus on costumed, interactive programs with themes like historical etiquette, spiritualism, quack medicine and dance. His current project involves recreating the social dances of the Jazz Age using old movies as his principle source. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel, A&E and HBO, on topics such as Victorian manners and primitive firearms. He has a BA in History from UC Berkeley and is a US Army veteran. His website, where he posts much of his research, and maintains calendar of Southern California history and dance events, is at http://walternelson.com.