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Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

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9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace is a non-fictional accounting of V

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace is a non-fictional accounting of Victorian woman’s diary and her secret love. Isabella Robinson was an upper middle class woman married to a successful businessman with whom she had three children. One could say Isabella had it all &n...
Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace is a non-fictional accounting of Victorian woman’s diary and her secret love. Isabella Robinson was an upper middle class woman married to a successful businessman with whom she had three children. One could say Isabella had it all – a wealthy husband, plenty of servants, plenty of fashionable clothes and accessories, and the perfect family. Despite all this, Isabella was not happy. She was trapped in a loveless marriage with a difficult, cold man who was away from home most of the time. He had two illegitimate children, a sign that his own moral values were corrupt. Her unhappiness led to Isabella falling hopelessly and lustfully in love with Dr Edward Lane, the son-in-law of a family within her closest social circle. In a secret diary, Isabella diligently recorded her innermost feelings, desires, and thoughts as her passion for the married Dr Lane turned into obsession. As her marriage failed and led to divorce, her diary was used against her by her infuriated husband and mocked for its scandal in the media at the time. Her husband had stolen the diary and used it against her in his divorce suit on the grounds of her adultery. The case culminated in a choice for Mrs Robinson to declare herself sexually active and immoral or insane. She chose to be labelled immoral and be disgraced, thus erasing any moral after-effects on Dr Lane and his family.

This book provides readers with an accurate depiction of how difficult and complex life for Victorian women was and the dilemmas they faced in matters of sexuality and married life. Excerpts of the diary are interspersed in in the factual, historical accounting of this famous case. All in all, it is a fascinating case story and an important historical event worth reading about.

posted by Mirella on June 29, 2012

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Lengthy Lengthy. Repetitve.

Tried to be both novel and journalistic account. Should have been one or the other. Consequently did not succeed as either. Historically interesting.

posted by kdjane on July 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    A Waste!!!

    Not what I was expecting!! Just an everyday story of the usual tramp with too much time on her hands.... Waste of money!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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