Hide-And-Seek; or, the Mystery of Mary Grice: A Novel

Hide-And-Seek; or, the Mystery of Mary Grice: A Novel

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Hide-And-Seek; or, the Mystery of Mary Grice: A Novel

Hide-And-Seek; or, the Mystery of Mary Grice: A Novel

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This novel ranks the third, in order of succession, of the works of fiction which I have produced. The history of its reception, on its first appearance, is soon told.

Unfortunately for me, "Hide-and-Seek" was originally published in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-four, at the outbreak of the Crimean War. All England felt the absorbing interest of watching that serious national event; and new books--some of them books of far higher pretensions than mine--found the minds of readers in general preoccupied or indifferent. My own little venture in fiction necessarily felt the adverse influence of the time. The demand among the book-sellers was just large enough to exhaust the first edition, and there the sale of this novel, in its original form, terminated.

Since that period the book has been, in the technical phrase, "out of print." Proposals have reached me, at various times, for its republication; but I have resolutely abstained from availing myself of them for two reasons.

In the first place, I was anxious to wait until "Hide-and-Seek" could make its re-appearance on a footing of perfect equality with my other works. In the second place, I was resolved to keep it back until it might obtain the advantage of a careful revisal, guided by the light of the author's later experience. The period for the accomplishment of both these objects has now presented itself. "Hide-and-Seek," in this edition, forms one among the uniform series of my novels, which has begun with "Antonina," "The Dead Secret," and "The Woman in White;" and which will be continued with "Basil" and "The Queen of Hearts." My project of revisal has, at the same time, been carefully and rigidly executed. I have abridged, and in many cases . . .

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