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Topic - Isabella Robinson
While working on her best-selling book, "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher," British author Kate Summerscale found newspaper accounts of a cause celebre that rocked Victorian society. Intrigued, Ms. Summerscale began carefully, systematically investigating court files and parish records. The result is "Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace," a highly original and intimate look into the double standards of Victorian life with its rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage and female sexuality.
"To the astonishment of those who read the extracts in the press," Ms. Summerscale writes, "Mrs. Robinson seemed to have invited, and lovingly documented, her own disgrace."
The bond was "a dreaded wedlock," Isabella later wrote.