The Letters of a Victorian Madwoman (Review)

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The Letters of a Victorian Madwoman (Review)

by Anastatia Sims
Southern Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 2: Winter 1995

University of South Carolina Press, 1993.

It sounds like the plot of a Victorian melodrama. A woman with the improbable name of Andrew becomes addicted to narcotics and has an affair with the doctor who supplies her drugs. He persuades her to set fire to the home of one of his enemies. She is caught in the act and anested. Shortly thereafter her outraged father murders the man who has “ruined” his daughter and has Andrew committed to the state insane asylum.