The Foolish Virgin

by Margaret Penn

Cambridge University Press | April 30, 1981 | Trade Paperback |

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The Foolish Virgin is a biographical sequel to Manchester Fourteen Miles, in which Margaret Penn describes her childhood in a Lancashire labourer''s family at the turn of the century. The sequel begins where the earlier book leaves off with Hilda Winstanley (alias Margaret Penn) arriving in London to live with her real father''s family. It is a moving and humorous account of a young girl''s reaction to being taken from a highly traditional rural working-class family and plunged into the sophisticated and active life of a middle-class professional family. By the end of the book Hilda Winstanley is a complete member of a higher class; literate, cultured, politically aware as a liberal and suffragist and prepared to earn her living as a secretary. The three volumes were popular with reviewers and readers in the late 1940s but then fell out of print. They now hold new appeal, as an important record of a fascinating period of social history, as well as a moving and evocative account of one woman''s life. Cambridge University Press is delighted to make them available for a new generation to enjoy.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: April 30, 1981

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521282977

ISBN - 13: 9780521282970

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The Foolish Virgin

The Foolish Virgin

by Margaret Penn

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: April 30, 1981

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521282977

ISBN - 13: 9780521282970

Table of Contents

1. The nation of London; 2. Sunday: new style; 3. Aunt Helen and Aunt Mildred; 4. The first battle; 5. The Flowre of cities all; 6. Springtime; 7. Processes of education; 8. Hilda alone; 9. Mr Rumsey''s establishment; 10. Mr Ram Lal; 11. The cause; 12. Earning once more; 13. Return to Moss Ferry; 14. Old aquaintance; 15. Onslaught of the hosts of Midian; 16. A young girl out in the world; 17. Encounter with a real author; 18. The year 1914; 19. The plains of heaven; 20. Paradise deferred.

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The Foolish Virgin is a biographical sequel to Manchester Fourteen Miles, in which Margaret Penn describes her childhood in a Lancashire labourer''s family at the turn of the century. The sequel begins where the earlier book leaves off with Hilda Winstanley (alias Margaret Penn) arriving in London to live with her real father''s family. It is a moving and humorous account of a young girl''s reaction to being taken from a highly traditional rural working-class family and plunged into the sophisticated and active life of a middle-class professional family. By the end of the book Hilda Winstanley is a complete member of a higher class; literate, cultured, politically aware as a liberal and suffragist and prepared to earn her living as a secretary. The three volumes were popular with reviewers and readers in the late 1940s but then fell out of print. They now hold new appeal, as an important record of a fascinating period of social history, as well as a moving and evocative account of one woman''s life. Cambridge University Press is delighted to make them available for a new generation to enjoy.

About the Author

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885. His father was a coal miner and Lawrence grew up in a mining town in England. He always hated the mines, however, and frequently used them in his writing to represent both darkness and industrialism, which he despised because he felt it was scarring the English countryside. Lawrence attended high school and college in Nottingham and, after graduation, became a school teacher in Croyden in 1908. Although his first two novels had been unsuccessful, he turned to writing full time when a serious illness forced him to stop teaching. Lawrence spent much of his adult life abroad in Europe, particularly Italy, where he wrote some of his most significant and most controversial novels, including Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda , who had left her first husband and her children to live with him, spent several years touring Europe and also lived in New Mexico for a time. Lawrence had been a frail child, and he suffered much of his life from tuberculosis. Eventually, he retired to a sanitorium in Nice, France. He died in France in 1930, at age 44. In his relatively short life, he produced more than 50 volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel journals, and letters, in addition to the novels for which he is best known.
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