Braddon, Mary Elizabeth, novelist, is the nom-de-plume of Mrs. John Maxwell. She was born in 1837 in Soho Square, London. She brought out her novel. Lady Audley's Secret, in 1862, and immediately achieved popularity. Quite as widely read was her next novel, Aurora Floyd, produced in 1863. She has gone on ever since producing books with great industry; she also edited Belgravia for a few years, and was an extensive contributor to Temple Bar, St. James's Magazine, and other periodicals.