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Maxwell Gray, The Silence of Dean Maitland

A Novel

Original Author Maxwell Gray
Edited by Julian Wolfreys

Hardback (Forthcoming)

A scholarly edition of a neglected, hugely popular best-seller

Key Features

  • First scholarly edition of forgotten late Victorian classic of rural life and sensation fiction
  • Comprehensive selection of contemporary reviews and commentaries
  • Carefully contextualized introduction to the novel and its author

Maxwell Gray tells the sensational story of an ambitious clergyman, who accidentally kills the father of a woman he has made pregnant, and then allows his closest friend to be convicted of the murder. The best-seller was subsequently filmed three times (1914, 1915, 1934) and presents fascinating insights into the forgotten world of late Victorian rural life.

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Acknowledgements and a note on the text

The Silence of Dean Maitland


1. An Interview with Maxwell Gray, by Catherine Jane Hamilton, from The Woman at Home, 1895 (facsimile)

2. Period Map of the Isle of Wight c.1914

3. Frontispiece illustration from the fifth edition of the novel

4. "Shooting" a Scene. For an Australian Talkie. Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 7 December, 1933 (facsimile)

5. Reviews of and Commentary on The Silence of Dean Maitland, with commentary on and reviews of the Australian film versions (1914, 1934) of the novel, and related material 1886-1991

6. Poster for 1934 film of The Silence of Dean Maitland

About the Author

Julian Wolfeys is Professor of English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in LIterature. He is author and editor of more than 40 books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century English literature and literary theory. Most recently he has published Dickens’s London and The Derrida Wordbook, both with Edinburgh University Press. He recently published his first novel, Silent Music.

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