Factory Lives: Four Nineteenth-Century Working-Class Autobiographies

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James R. Simmons, Jr
Broadview Press, Apr 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 498 pages
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Factory Lives contains four works of great importance in the field of nineteenth-century working-class autobiography: John Brown's A Memoir of Robert Blincoe; William Dodd's A Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings of William Dodd; Ellen Johnston's "Autobiography"; and James Myles's Chapters in the Life of a Dundee Factory Boy. This Broadview edition also includes a remarkably rich selection of historical documents that provide context for these works. Appendices include contemporary responses to the autobiographies, debates on factory legislation, transcripts of testimony given before parliamentary committees on child labour, and excerpts from literary works on factory life by Harriet Martineau, Frances Trollope, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Significant NineteenthCentury Factory Legislation
77
William Dodd A Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings
181
Ellen Johnston Autobiography of Ellen Johnston The Factory
301
Contemporary Perspectives on A Memoir of Robert
325
Contemporary Perspectives on William Dodds Nar
334
Contemporary Perspectives on Myless Chapters
353
Contemporary Perspectives on Johnstons Autobi
366
The Factory Girls Reply toLines by Edith
382
The Last Lay of The Factory Girl
389
Factory Life Contemporary Views
404
Factory Legislation Contemporary Views
439
Select Bibliography
492
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About the author (2007)

James R. Simmons, Jr. is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana Tech University. Janice Carlisle is Professor of English at Yale University.

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