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Memoirs of Jane Cameron, Female Convict
London Hurst and Blackett 1864. Two Volumes. 8vo. 326pp. 301pp. + 6pp ads. Publisher's bottle green geometrically embossed cloth titled in gilt to spines. Fraying to spine ends, bumping and scuffing to extremities, strong, solid and bright, bearing their wear with ease and comfort. Glazed brown endpapers with some traces of a label removal to the pastedowns, pencil ownership to pastedowns of both volumes. Rear inner hinge of volume I starting very slightly. A very good set. Robinson's prison and lowlife fiction (he wrote four notable novels of female prison life under the pseudonym of Prison Matron) shared an intent with Arthur Morrison's later slum fiction to highlight and humanise the plight of marginalised members of Victorian society. Robinson's work has been creditted with lending a strong and sympathetic narrative voice to women in the Victorian prison system, which let's face it can't have been terribly pleasant. In addition some of the credit comes from actual women, which makes a nice change and suggests there might be something to it. Written in a style that suggests careful research and observation rather than the more usual melodramatic "fallen women" stylistic approach; there is a decidedly journalistic element to Robinson's fiction. A nice set, hard to find in collectable condition.
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