“Where debate is forbidden the charlatan is king.”
G. J. Holyoake, from. . . . The Jubilee History of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society
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 political and social reform in Victorian Britain. Most have 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.
SOME OF THE FEMALE AUTHORS:
An independent and independent-minded Victorian, who left a legacy of writings and activity in one of the most controversial issues of her age, the employment of women.
Victorian social reformer, women’s rights activist,
journalist, poetess and novelist.
ISABELLA FYVIE MAYO is little remembered today, but during the later decades of the 19th century this determined, independent-minded and hard-working woman became a widely published poetess and author, much of her prose output being published ― both in the U.K. and in North America ― under thenom de plume, “EDWARD GARRETT“. She also became a speaker on liberal causes, particularly on the themes of religion, pacifism and animal welfare.
British parallels to Melinda’s lost writing and working class background.