, the popular author of "Lady Audley
's Secret," "Aurora Floyd
," and other sensation stories, was an actress at the Hull (England)
Theatre, a few years ago, and played under the name of Miss Seyton
"Being clever with her pen, she was employed by the management in a literary capacity.
She wrote introductions to the pantomimes, and several odes, delivered on certain public occasions.
This brought her into notice, and, while she was making a visit at Beverly Park
, she published some poems, which induced a Mr. Empson
, a publisher at Beverly
, to enter into an agreement with her to write a novel.
The name of this first effort of her pen, as a novelist, had the startling title of 'Three Times Dead, or the Secret of the Heath.' But the venture, it seems, was not a good one, for we now find Mr. Empson
applying to the Hull Bankruptcy Court
to be discharged, as a bankrupt, his debts amounting to nearly £300.
In the course of his examination it came out that 'Three Times Dead,' was the proximate cause of the poor man's ruin.
Above £200 was expended in getting it out, and it did not sell.
(We suppose it would, now.) Mr. Empson
said he knew he had no claims on Miss Braddon
, though the Court
intimated that, as she had made so much money since, she could afford to assist the man who had become a bankrupt by giving her her first start in the literary world.
gave as the cause of the failure of 'Three Times Dead, ' the fact that London
publishers always crush provincial adventurers in the publishing way.