Overview:Though working-class women in the nineteenth century included many accomplished and prolific poets, their work has often been neglected by critics and readers in favour of comparable work by men. Questioning the assumption that few poems by working-class women had survived, Florence Boos set out to discover supposedly lost works in libraries, private collections, and archives. Her years of research resulted in this anthology.
Working-Class Women Poets in Victorian Britain features poetry from a variety of women, including an itinerant weaver, a rural midwife, a factory worker protesting industrialization, and a blind Scottish poet who wrote in both the Scots dialect and English. In addition to biographical information and contemporary reviews of the poets’ work, the anthology also includes several photographs of the poets, their environment, and the journals in which their poems appeared.
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Title: Working Class Women Poets in Victorian Britain: An Anthology
Author: Florence S. Boos
Publisher: Broadview Press
Date Published: June 2008
Table of Contents:The Rural Poets
Anonymous Isabella Chishom Elizabeth Campbell Jane Stevenson Lizzie Smith Mairi McPherson Janet Hamilton
The Factory Poets
Ellen Johnston Ruth Wills Fanny Forrester Ethel Carnie
Lyricists and Feminists
Eliza Cook Mary Smith Jessie Russell Jeannie Paterson Marion Bernstein
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