|Griffith Gaunt: Charles Reade
||[Jul. 15th, 2018|10:32 am]
I think the 21st century would like Charles Reade if it could be bothered to rediscover him. His books are lively, full of incident, feature strong female characters, a degree of psychological complexity- and attitudes to sex and religion that are passably modern. He got into trouble in his day for being too daring. Charles Dickens said of the novel I'm reading- Griffith Gaunt- that Reade was a good man but he'd put things in this book that he (Dickens) would never have published.|
The Cloister and the Hearth is an epic masterpiece. No, really it is. Give it a go. Griffith Gaunt- which Reade thought his best book- is tighter- a novel on a domestic scale- with a plot that deals in sexual intrigue, marital conflict and bigamy. There's a duel, a body in the mere and a trial for murder. It would make a cracking TV serial. You could sell it as The Woman in White meets Poldark- or something along those lines.