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The life and literary pursuits of Allen Davenport : with a further selection of the author's work /
compiled and edited by Malcolm Chase.
Aldershot, Hants : Scolar Press, c1994.
xi, 128 p.
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Aldershot, Hants : Scolar Press, c1994.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-05:
This intriguing and important short book can be criticized only for its price, presumably based on a small print run and an assumption, probably valid, that only libraries will purchase it. Allen Davenport (1775-1846) was an English radical who flourished in the first half of the century, when the country was transforming itself politically, but far less than Davenport hoped. Totally self-taught, he became a dedicated biographer of Thomas Spence and proselytizer of his agrarian socialism, and later was active as a Chartist as well as in other enterprises on the far left. Davenport was a prolific speaker and a writer of powerful prose and polished verse dedicated to changing society. He did not hide such activities when he came to write his brief and polished autobiography a year before his death, but he did blunt his radicalism and, not surprisingly, put more emphasis on his early years, growing up, learning to read and write through learning songs, training horses, serving in the army, and finally, becoming a shoemaker and agitator. Chase provides a further selection of Davenport's works as well as an excellent essay expanding on and placing in context Davenport's political activities. An illuminating, personal, and moving view of radical England. General readers, upper-division undergraduates, and above. P. Stansky; Stanford University
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Allen Davenport, a key figure linking Chartism with the French Revolution, was an important propagandist for agrarian reform, a critical follower of Robert Owen, one of the first male supporters of the feminist causes and birth control and a leading member of the revolutionary underground movement in Regency London.He was a prolific author, political journalist and poet. His autobiography, published in 1845, has long been presumed lost - historians have had to make do with tantalising fragments from contemporary reviews. When a copy was found in Nashville in 1982 it was immediately recognised as a unique source of information about nineteenth-century popular politics. Scolar Press is now reprinting the complete text with editorial apparatus and supplemented by a careful selection of Davenport's other writing by Dr Malcolm Chase. The Life and Literary Pursuits of Allen Davenport thus gives a unique insight into the cultural and political life of England in the crowded years between Peterloo and Chartism.
Table of Contents
The Life and Literary Pursuits of Allen Davenport
Editorial afterword
A further selection from the works of Allen Davenport
The Devil Out-Devilled
To the editor of the Political Register
The Kings, or Legitimacy Unmasked
Queen of the Isles
The Co-operator's Catechism
The Working Classes Come to Their Senses
Property in Danger
Simultaneous Meetings
Universal Suffrage
The English Institutions, An Educational Poem
The Origin of Man and the Progress of Society
The Land, the People's Farm
Further reading and bibliography of secondary literature
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