[SOCIAL FICTION] [SUFFRAGE] ROBINS, Elizabeth
New York: Macmillan, 1907. First edition. Octavo. Publisher's decorated cloth; 304pp; 3 leaves of publisher's ads. Endpapers and text block foredge foxed, wear to lower board corners, resulting in some minimal board exposure, else a neat, unrestored copy with gilt bright on spine and cover; text fresh and unmarked. Very attractive copy of the scarce first edition of this influential and quite literary novel of the suffrage movement in England. Robins, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was an internationally famous stage actress before she re-settled in London in 1889; there she met the Pankhursts and the pioneer of women's medicine Octavia Wilberforce, who would become Robins's life-long companion. The cast of characters of "The Convert" is based loosely on these real-life figures, and the action realistically documents Robins's their involvement in the movements for suffrage and women's rights.