Minor Victorian Poets and Authors


 

Welcome.  This web site is dedicated to the life and work of the Chartist, poet, author, and free thinker, Gerald Massey, and to comparable poets and authors of his era, a number of whom by their protests were to influence social reform in Victorian Britain.  Most had working-class backgrounds. My aim is to resurrect their writing, much of which has for many decades been unavailable outside of national archives and university libraries, and to place it before a wider audience.

Ian Petticrew


Gerald Massey

(1828-1907)

"They must find it hard to take Truth for Authority who have so long mistaken Authority for Truth."


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GERALD MASSEY
Carte de Visit  image, ca. 1856.


"The liberty of opinion is the most sacred of all liberties,
for it is the basis of all . . ."

ERNEST JONES
 


GERALD MASSEY
ca. 1886.

 
A LANCASHIRE MISCELLANY


AW connod sing o'er heroes bowd,
    Ut feyt i' forren parts,
For't thowts o'th widows left at hooam,
    To dee o' brokken hearts,
Whol nation's hev bin bowt an' sowd,
To furnish few wi' fame an' gowd! . . . .

John Rawcliffe

 

  THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT
 

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"A poor man cannot rival the rich in luxury of life, but he can in luxury of knowledge.  He cannot furnish his house as the wealthy can, but he can furnish his head.  He cannot found a house of note, but he may found a mind of mark.  Though some kingdoms may be adorned or afflicted with kings, learning has always been a republic, where all are equal who know."

G. J. HOLYOAKE

 




LIST OF PUBLISHED BOOKS
 

"ACKWORTH, JOHN"
(The Rev. FREDERICK R. SMITH)

Clog Shop Chronicles

Beckside Lights

The Scowcroft Critics

Doxie Dent

The Making of the Million. Tales of the Twentieth Century Fund

The Minder ― The Story Of The Courtship, Call And Conflicts Of John
       
Ledger, Minder And Minister

The Coming of the Preachers. A Tale of the Rise of Methodism

The Mangle House: a Lancashire Tale

From Crooked Roots

Old Wenyon's Will

The Partners

Life's Working Creed—a series of sermons on the present-day meaning
      
 of the Epistle of St. James.
 


 

ADAMS, WILLIAM EDWIN

Memoirs of a Social Atom (autobiography)

Our American Cousins

Pamphlets, etc.
 


 

ANDERSON, ALEXANDER

Songs of the Rail

Ballads and Sonnets

Later Poems
 


 

BAMFORD, SAMUEL

Early Days & Passages in the Life of a Radical (autobiography)

Walks in South Lancashire

Homely Rhymes, Poems & Reminiscences

Dialect of South Lancashire or Tim Bobbin's Tummus and Meary
 


 

"Liberty is, to the lowest rank of every nation, little more than the choice of working or starving."

Dr. Johnson

 


 

BETHAM-EDWARDS, MATILDA

Reminiscences (autobiography)

Mid-Victorian Memories

Literary Rambles in France

Unfrequented France

Home Life in France

Snowflakes and the stories they told the children

Little Bird Red, Little Bird Blue
 


 

BEZER, JOHN JAMES

The Autobiography of One of the Chartist Rebels of 1848
 


 

BILLINGTON, WILLIAM

Sheen and Shade

Pendle Hill

Lancashire Songs with other Poems & Sketches
 


 

 BRIERLEY, BENJAMIN ("BEN")

Marlocks of Meriton

Spring Blossoms and Autumn Leaves

Ab-o'th-Yate: Sketches and other short stories (Vol.I)

Ab-o'th-Yate: Sketches and other short stories (Vol. II)

Ab-o'th-Yate: Sketches and other short stories (Vol. III)

Ab-o'th-Yate in Yankeeland (Visits to the USA in 1880 & 84)

Adventures at Blackpool

Lancashire Wit and Humour

Bunk Ho, or a Lancashire Merry Christmas

The Chronicles of Waverlow
 


 

COOPER, THOMAS

The Life of Thomas Cooper, Written by Himself (autobiography)

Thoughts at Fourscore, and Earlier
(autobiography)

Bridge of History Over the Gulf of Time

Old Fashioned Stories

Triumphs of Perseverance and Enterprise

Prison Rhymes

The Purgatory of Suicides
- a Prison-Rhyme in ten Books

The Baron's Yule Feast - a Christmas Rhyme

The Paradise of Martyrs - a Faith-Rhyme in five Books

'Thomas Cooper the Chartist: Byron and the Poets of the Poor', a published lecture by Professor Philip Collins
 


 

"The Songs of the People are voices of power."

JOHN CRITCHLEY PRINCE

 


 

THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT
(Various authors)

The History of the Rochdale Pioneers

The History of Co-operation

Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society (Jubilee)

Jubilee History of the Derby Co-operative Provident Society

History of the Stalybridge Good Intent Industrial Co-operative Society (Jubilee)

Village Co-operation. A Jubilee Sketch of Greenfield Co-operative Society Ltd. 1856-1906

One Hundred Years of Village Co-operation (Greenfield Co-operative Society 1856-1956)


The origin and history of co-operation in Bury (1855-1905)

 


 

CRAIG, ISA
(MRS. ISA CRAIG-KNOX)

Poems by Isa

The Duchess Agnes and other poems

Songs of Consolation

An Offering to Lancashire (1863) — edited by Isa Craig

Round the Court

Peggy Oglivie's Inheritance


Esther West

Fanny's Fortune

A Heroine of Home

Tales on The Parables (Vol. I)

Tales on The Parables (Vol. II)

Little Folks' History of England

Deepdale Vicarage (now thought to be by Mary and Elizabeth Kirby)

"The Argosy" (1865-66): poetry and prose by various poets and authors published in this Victorian periodical, at the time edited by Isa Craig.
 


 

ELLIOTT, EBENEZER

Autobiographical Sketch

The Splendid Village & Corn Law Rhymes
 


 

FAITHFULL, EMILY

Three Visits to America

A Reed Shaken with the Wind
 


 

HOLYOAKE, GEORGE JACOB

Sixty Years of an Agitator's Life (autobiography)

Bygones Worth Remembering
(autobiography)

Among the Americans

The Rochdale Pioneers

The Jubilee History of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society

The Jubilee History of the Derby Co-operative Society

The History of Co-operation


Public Speaking and Debate
 


 

"Language is the dress of thought."

Dr. Johnson

 


 

HOOD, THOMAS

The Poetic Works of Thomas Hood

The Comic Annual (1834 edition)

Sheet music


 

HOVELL, MARK

The Chartist Movement
 


 

HULL, GEORGE

The Poets and Poetry of Blackburn

English Lyrics and Lancashire Songs

Tales from the Ribble Valley (with Cornellius MacManus)
 


 

JEAN INGELOW

Poems

A Story of Doom and other poems

The Monitions of the Unseen, and Poems of Love and Childhood

Poems of the Old Days and the New

The Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow

Studies for Stories

Stories Told to a Child

A Sister's Bye-Hours

Mopsa the Fair.

Wonderbox Tales

Allerton and Dreux; or, The War of Opinion (Vol.I)

Allerton and Dreux; or, The War of Opinion (vol.II)

Off the Skelligs

Fated to be Free

Sarah de Berenger

Don John

John Jerome - his thoughts and ways

A Motto Changed - or a little less than kin, and more than kind

Sheet music

Sheet music: ('O Fair Dove! O Fond Dove!' set by Sir Arthur Sullivan)
 


 

JONES, ERNEST CHARLES

The Battle-Day and other poems

Poems (from 'Notes to the People' and other journals)

Woman's Wrongs

Democracy Vindicated; - in response to Professor Blackie. . .
                      . . . . On Democracy

Pamphlets. . . .The Slaveholder's War The American Rebellion

The Cabinet Newspaper : edition for 27 August, 1859.

The Death and Posthumous Life of Ernest Jones (by Antony Taylor)

 


 

LAYCOCK, SAMUEL

Warblin's of an Owd Songster

Lancashire Kesmus Singin' Fifty Year Sin'

Election of M.P. — an Original Drama.

Broadsheets
 


 

LINTON, WILLIAM JAMES

Memories (autobiography)

Claribel and other poems

Who were the Chartists?

Republican Letters

The English Republic

James Watson: A Memoire

The Flower and the Star
 


 

LOVETT, WILLIAM

Life and Struggles of William Lovett (autobiography)

Chartism: a New Organization of the People (by Lovett & John Collins)
 


 

MACFARLAN, JAMES

The Poetical Works of James Macfarlan
 


 

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."

Dr. Johnson

 


 

MASSEY, (THOMAS) GERALD

The Secret Drama of  Shakspeare's Sonnets

Index to Massey's Poetry

Index to Massey's Prose

Gerald Massey: Chartist, Poet, Radical and Freethinker -
            a biography by David Shaw (2nd edition, 2009)


A Book of the Beginnings  (edition Jon Lange)

The Natural Genesis  (edition
Jon Lange)

Ancient Egypt, The Light of the World  (edition Jon Lange)


Sheet music
 


 

MAYO, ISABELLA FYVIE
("EDWARD GARRETT")

Recollections of Fifty Years (autobiography)

The Secret Drawer

By Still Waters

The Occupations of a Retired Life

Doing and Dreaming

The Dead Sin and other stories

Family Fortunes. A Domestic Story

A Real Lady

At Any Cost

Rab Bethune's Double

Short stories & essays

Poems (a miscellany collected from magazines of the period).
 


 

MILLER, HUGH

My Schools and Schoolmasters (autobiography)

First Impressions of England and its People

Tales and Sketches

Scenes and Legends of the North of Scotland

The Cruise of the Betsey; Rambles of a Geologist

Leading Articles
 


 

NICOLL, ROBERT

Poems and Lyrics

Some editorials for the Leeds Times
 


 

PRINCE, JOHN CRITCHLEY

Hours with the Muses

Dreams and Realities in Verse and Prose

The Poetic Rosary

Autumn Leaves

Miscellaneous Poems

Unpublished Poems

Biography - by R. A. Douglas Lithgow, LL.D.
 


 

PROCTER, ADELAIDE ANNE

Legends and Lyrics (1)

Legends and Lyrics (2)

A Chaplet of Verses


Sheet music

 


 

SMILES, SAMUEL

Self-Help with illustrations of conduct and perseverance.

James Brindley and the Early Engineers.

Lives of the Engineers: Smeaton and Rennie.

Lives of the Engineers: Boulton and Watt.

Lives of the Engineers: Metcalfe—Telford (History of Roads)

The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson

Brief Biographies

Men of Invention and Industry
 


 

SKIPSEY, JOSEPH

A Book of Miscellaneous Lyrics

Carols from the Coal-Fields and other songs and ballads

Songs and Lyrics

Prefatory Sketches (1)—Burns & Shelley

Prefatory Sketches (2)—Blake, Coleridge & Poe
 


 

WAUGH, EDWIN

Lancashire Songs

Lancashire Songs (sheet music)

Poems and Songs

Poems and Songs (2nd series)

Besom Ben Stories

"Tufts of Heather", Volume I.; Volume II.

The Chimney Corner

The Limping Pilgrim

Lancashire Sketches—Vol. I.

Lancashire Sketches—Vol. II.

Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine

The Barrel Organ

Sketches of Lancashire Life

Rambles in the Lake Country and its Borders

Sheet music — "Lancashire Songs" by Edwin Waugh (settings various)

Sheet music — "Twenty Songs by Edwin Waugh"  (settings by C. E. Rowley)

Sheet music
— "Dialect Songs of the North" (settings various)

Preface and Introduction to 'Lancashire Sketches' by George Milner
                        (in effect, a brief biography of Waugh)
 


 

WEST, JULIUS

A History of the Chartist Movement
 



MODERN ACADEMIC AND OTHER WORK
 

McCAWLEY, NICHI

RE-SOUNDING RADICALISM: ECHO IN WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE CHARTIST POETS ERNEST JONES AND GERALD MASSEY: a thesis by Dr. Nichi McCawley, which argues that William Blake’s poetry creates meaning through internal poetic echoes, and that these Blakean echoes re-sound in Ernest Jones and Gerald Massey’s Poetry. Reproduced by kind permission of the author.

TAYLOR, ANTONY

THE DEATH AND POSTHUMOUS LIFE OF ERNEST JONES: Radical Funerals, Burial Customs and Political Commemoration.  An essay by Dr. Antony Taylor, History Department, Sheffield Hallam University, reproduced by kind permission of the author and the Editor of Humanities Research (The Australian National University) in which the essay was first published.

MORRISON, ALAN

BLAZE A VANISHING (A TRAIL OF SMALL FIRES): a long poem, or rather, blazing trail of thematically-linked verses, in which the poet charts what he describes as the ‘shadow lineage’ of the more obscure, lesser known, even entirely ‘forgotten’ British ‘working-class’ poets and writers of the past four centuries.

 


 

BOOKS UNDER CONSTRUCTION:

CRAIG, ISA

The Little Folk's History of England, published Cassell ca. 1881.


BOOKS PLANNED:

WAUGH, EDWIN

Snowed Up and other tales, published John Heywood, Manchester ca. 1870.

   

 



Misc. see also . . . .

A History of the Grand Junction Canal


Notes and Extracts on the History of the London and Birmingham Railway


The Railway comes to Tring


Gone with the Wind: windmills, and those around Tring.
 



LINKS

 

Internet Text Archive.

John Weedy's website . . . .

Illustrated London News

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Jon Lange's website . . . .

Massey's works on Evolution.

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Mark Crail's website . . . .

Chartist Ancestors.


Labouring-Class Writers Project.

George Landow's website . . . .

Literature, history & culture
of the Victorian Age
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University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Online Books.

 

 

 

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GERALD MASSEY:
CHARTIST, POET, RADICAL
AND
FREETHINKER

by
DAVID SHAW.

A new revised and extended 2nd Edition (2009)
is now on sale at
LuLu.

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