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    Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (CD-Audio) By (author) Kate Summerscale, Narrator Wanda McCaddon

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    Description"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 Headstrong, high-spirited, and already widowed, Isabella Walker became Mrs. Henry Robinson at age thirty-one 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 them, by then with two sons, to Edinburgh's elegant society in 1850. But Henry traveled often and was cold and remote when home, leaving Isabella to her fantasies. 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 mounted--passionate, sensual, suggestive. One fateful day in 1858 Henry chanced on the diary and, broaching its privacy, read Isabella's intimate entries. 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, the marital bond being a cornerstone of English life. Their trial would be a cause celebre, threatening the foundations of Victorian society with the specter of "a new and disturbing figure: a middle class wife who was restless, unhappy, avid for arousal." 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. As she accomplished in her award-winning and bestselling The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Kate Summerscale brilliantly recreates the Victorian world, chronicling in exquisite and compelling detail the life of Isabella Robinson, wherein the longings of a frustrated wife collided with a society clinging to rigid ideas about sanity, the boundaries of privacy, the institution of marriage, and female sexuality.


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    Title
    Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace
    Subtitle
    The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kate Summerscale, Narrator Wanda McCaddon
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781452608013
    ISBN 10: 1452608016
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, HBJD1
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY, CULT/BRITIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: BJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    DC22: 941.081
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/DIVORC
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55500
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 306.890922
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    LC classification: DA550 .S77 2012C
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    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, NHTB, DND, NHD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    19 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Kate Summerscale is the author of the bestselling books "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" and "The Queen of Whale Cay." Wanda McCaddon has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers and has earned more than twenty-five Earphones Awards from "AudioFile" magazine. She has also won a coveted Audie Award, and "AudioFile" has named her one of recording's Golden Voices.
    Review quote
    "McCaddon's crisp, fluid voice...brings this fascinating period to the curious listener through the curious diary of Mrs. Robinson." ---AudioFile Earphones Award Winner