|Mary Elizabeth Braddon|
Miss Braddon was a very prolific author, though, with more than 150 novels to her credit, and her other work deserves attention too. The Trail of the Serpent was one of her earliest novels. It was originally serialized in 1860 as Three Times Dead, in which form it met with only a cool reception from the reading public. In 1861 she re-worked the novel and published it in book form under its new title. In this form it became a best-seller that remained popular for many years.