The Foolish Virgin

Paperback | April 30, 1981

byMargaret Penn

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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.

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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 ...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1981Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521282977

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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.