Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace
The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
Publication Date: June 2012
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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.
Kate Summerscale is the author of the bestselling books The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective and The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of "Joe" Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water. She lives in London with her son. Wanda McCaddon began recording books for the fledgling audiobook industry in the early 1980s and has since narrated well over six hundred titles for major audio publishers, as well as abridging, narrating, and coproducing classic titles for her own company, Big Ben. Audiobook listeners may be familiar with her voice under one of her two "nom de mikes," Donada Peters and Nadia May. The recipient of an Audie nomination and more than twenty-five Earphones Awards, AudioFile magazine has named her one of recording's Golden Voices. Wanda also appears regularly on the professional stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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"With intelligence and graceful prose, Summerscale gives an intimate and surprising look into Victorian life." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review