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Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915) was an English novelist and actress during the Victorian era. Although raised by a single mother, Braddon was educated at private institutions where she honed her creative skills. As a young woman, she worked as a theater actress to support herself and her family. When interest faded, she shifted to writing and produced her most notable work Lady Audley's Secret . It was one of more than 80 novels Braddon wrote of the course of an expansive career.