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Cytherea has taken a position as lady's maid to the eccentric arch intriguer Miss Aldclyffe On discovering that the man she loves Edward Springrove is already engaged to his cousin Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe's fascinating manipulative steward ManstonBlackmail murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy's first published novel and in it he draws blithely on the 'sensation novel' perfected by Wilkie Collins Several perceptive critics praised the author as a novelist with a future when Desperate Remedies appeared anonymously in 1871 In its depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy's geniusFor than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1700 titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators

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