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The Sealed Letter, by Emma Donoghue

The Sealed Letter - Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s The Sealed Letter is another example of a subgenre I adore: historical fiction based around actual historical events with incomplete documentation. There are some facts that can’t be changed, but the author has room to connect up the dots in anyway they see fit. In this novel, Donoghue uses the Codrington divorce scandal to give us a portrait of a narcissist, an overly devoted friend, and an oblivious man. After reading The Sealed Letter, I can only conclude that there’s nothing in today’s tabloids that the Victorians haven’t already beaten us to...


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