The Life and Adventures of Valentine Vox, the Ventriloquist

(7 Issues)

Valentine Vox has a precocious talent for ventriloquism—and this is matched only by his predilection for causing mischief. Sent to London to find his way in the world, Valentine is welcomed into the home of Grimwood Goodman, a friend of his uncle. But Goodman’s family are impatient for their inheritance—and they aren’t too happy about this new protégé—so they come up with a plan to get Goodman out of the picture and secure his property for themselves. Can Valentine discover the plot and save his friend? Or will Goodman be permanently resigned to his horrible fate? Includes the author’s polemical preface (an attack on private lunatic asylums) to the 1840 edition.