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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2016.
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The Eustace Diamonds was published in 1872. It was the third of Anthony Trollope's famed Palliser series. It represented, however, something of a diversion, telling the story of the cunning' Lizzie Eustace who declines to return a priceless diamond necklace to the estate of her recently deceased husband. Critics have supposed that The Eustace Diamonds can be read as a contribution to the contemporary genre of sensation' novels. Sensation novels were full of sex, crime, and scheming young women like Lizzie Eustace. The law should of course have brought to Lizzie to justice. But it does not; indeed it barely tries. For the law in The Eustace Diamonds, as in so many sensation' novels, is conspicuous only in a failure that is as metaphorical in purpose as it is prosaic.
Author(s): Ward I
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Law and Society
Print publication date: 01/03/2016
Online publication date: 03/02/2016
Acceptance date: 03/02/2016
Date deposited: 29/09/2016
ISSN (print): 0263-323X
ISSN (electronic): 1467-6478
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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