Ellen Wood, The Master of Greylands

Elizabeth Steere (University of North Georgia)
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The Master of Greylands was serialized in Ellen Wood’s magazine, The Argosy, from January to December 1873, and was published in three volumes by Richard Bentley and Son that same year. It is a domestic mystery about an upper-class family, featuring common tropes of sensation novels popular at the time, such as murder, secret identities, fraud, and a clandestine marriage.

The novel is set in Greylands, a village on the English coast, featuring a nunnery with an order of sisters, the Grey Ladies, and the Friar’s Keep, the ruins of a monastery said to be haunted by the ghost of the Grey Monk.

The late Mr. Castlemaine had three sons: Basil, James, and Peter. Basil, the eldest, left England …

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Citation: Steere, Elizabeth. "The Master of Greylands". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=207, accessed 31 March 2023.]

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