“Colburn is in a rage, I”m told, at my letting the world know that the author of Caesar Borgia is a naughty young lady, who ought to be shut up for her improprieties …” [Ellis: 2, 134]
So wrote W. H. Ainsworth to his daughter Fanny in July, 1847. The “naughty young lady” was Emma Robinson, whose previous novels had come out anonymously; despite Ainsworth’s indiscretion, and Colburn’s wrath, her identity was kept generally unknown for a further twenty-one years.
She was born on 6 June 1818, in Hammersmith, and baptised at Hammersmith Roman Catholic Church on 26 June. Her father was Josephus Robinson, a bookseller, born in Brampton, Cumberland, in 1789; her mother, Maria Hutton,…
Collins, Dick. "Emma Robinson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2009
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