Select language, opens an overlay
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace

Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace

The Private Diary of A Victorian Lady

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Kate Summerscale, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, brilliantly re-creates the Victorian world, chronicling in exquisite and compelling detail the life of Isabella Robinson, wherein the longings of a frustrated wife collide with a society clinging to rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage, and female sexuality.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook] : Tantor, 2012.
ISBN: 9781452628011
Characteristics: 1 sound file (7 hr., 27 min., 27 sec.) : digital.
Additional Contributors: McCaddon, Wanda

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Bugalugs Jul 08, 2014

This is a brilliant examination of the true case of a woman's divorce from a cheating and mean husband. It comes about due to the woman's private diaries being read by her husband and whether true or false, or unfair or fair she is then taken to the newly formed public divorce court. Her diaries are published in the newspapers throughout the trial and as the reader you can draw your own conclusions as to the veracity of the diaries. A very twisted tale that delivers a juicy and engaging courtroom drama if you can stay with the book until nearer the end. At times the historical facts tend to bog down the story- but do give it a few goes to read to the end- it's worth it!

Sep 03, 2013

** 1/2 stars. Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age 31 in 1844. Her first husband had died suddenly, leaving his estate to a son from a previous marriage, so she inherited nothing. A successful civil engineer, Henry moved his wife and their 2 sons to Edinburgh's elegant society in 1850. Henry is frequently away from home and remote when present. Isabella is left alone with a very active imagination. No doubt thousands of Victorian women faced the same circumstances, but Isabella chose to record her innermost thoughts - and especially her infatuation with a married Dr. Edward Lane - in her diary. Over five years the entries became more and more passionate, sensual, and suggestive. One fateful day in 1858 Henry chanced on the diary and read it. Aghast at his wife's perceived infidelity, Henry petitioned for divorce on the grounds of adultery. Until that year, divorce had been illegal in England. Their trial would threaten the foundations of Victorian society. Her diary, read in court, was as explosive as Flaubert's Madame Bovary, just published in France but considered too scandalous to be translated into English until the 1880s. Kate Summerscale recreates the Victorian world and writes in compelling detail of the life of Isabella Robinson. In this book the longings of a frustrated wife collide with a society clinging to rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage, and female sexuality. Mild recommendation


Add a Quote
Bugalugs Jul 08, 2014

"I think people marry far too much; it is such a lottery, and for a poor woman—bodily and morally the husband’s slave—a very doubtful happiness." —Queen Victoria to her recently married daughter Vicky


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top