Emma Robinson

Standard Name: Robinson, Emma
Birth Name: Emma Robinson
Pseudonym: A Cadet at Woolwich
Pseudonym: a young Oxonian
Pseudonym: The Author of Whitefriars
Pseudonym: The Author of the prohibited comedy, Richelieu in Love
Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, ER 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. ER 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.


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Dedications Mary Elizabeth Braddon
MEB published another novel as the author of Lady Audley's Secret: Sir Jasper's Tenant, dedicated to Emma Robinson .
Cox, Michael, editor. The Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press.
Textual Features Norah Lofts
Marion Draper, NL 's middle-class heroine, is a fictionalized Madeleine Smith (who had already been the subject of a topical novel, by Emma Robinson in early 1864, and of a non-fictional study by F. Tennyson Jesse
Textual Production Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton
Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton , published her final novel this year: the historical Clumber Chase; or, Love's Riddle Solved by a Royal Sphinx, under the pseudonym George Gordon Scott.
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4 April 1857: The Times declared Madeleine Smith to be...

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4 April 1857

The Times declared Madeleine Smith to be possibly guilty of the murder of Emile L'Angelier , her lover.


Robinson, Emma. Caesar Borgia. H. Colburn, 1846.
Robinson, Emma. Christmas at Old Court. R. Bentley, 1864.
Robinson, Emma. Dorothy Firebrace. R. Bentley, 1865.
Robinson, Emma. Epithalamium in honour of the marriage of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales. Westerton, 1863.
Robinson, Emma. Madeleine Graham. J. Maxwell, 1864.
Robinson, Emma. Mauleverer’s Divorce. C. J. Skeet, 1858.
Robinson, Emma. Owen Tudor; an historical romance. H. Colburn, 1849.
Robinson, Emma. Richelieu in Love. H. Colburn, 1844.
Robinson, Emma. The Gold Worshippers. Parry, 1851.
Robinson, Emma. The Maid of Orleans. H. Colburn, 1849.
Robinson, Emma. The Maid of Orleans. Harper and Brothers, 1864.
Robinson, Emma. The Matrimonial Vanity Fair. Guildford, 1868.
Robinson, Emma. Westminster Abbey. J. Mortimer, 1854.
Robinson, Emma. Which Wins, Love or Money?. Ward and Lock, 1862.
Robinson, Emma. Whitefriars. H. Colburn, 1844.
Robinson, Emma. Whitehall. J. Mortimer, 1845.