Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Emma Robinson entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <//orlando.cambridge.org/>. 24 April 2019.
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Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Emma Robinson published anonymously a series of historical novels (which she called romances, but which deliberately blur the boundary between history and fiction) and two plays. She also published short stories and a poem. When her first play was banned from production by the censor, she wrote for its published text a satirical self-justification of great verve and energy. Most of her historical fictions are attached by their title to some actual figure with high recognition value, but their romance and adventure elements are often accompanied by social critique and even satire. They sold extremely well both in and beyond England, and were respectfully praised by reviewers who initially supposed them to be the work of a man. Emma Robinson set some of her later novels in modern London; these contemporary works, too, are characterized by sharp social observation. It is surprising that she has so received so little critical attention in modern times.
1814 ER was born in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
Late 1843 ER published Whitefriars; or, The Days of Charles the Second, her first, anonymous historical romance, bearing the date of 1844; it was praised to the skies in the Athenæum. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1868 ER's final novel, The Matrimonial Vanity Fair, once again issued as 'the author of Whitefriars, etc.' was an examination of contemporary social life and what marriage meant for women. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 December 1890 ER died at Norwood , the London County Lunatic Asylum, at the age of seventy-six. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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