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by Seth Koven

  • Author: Seth Koven
  • ISBN: 0691158509
  • ISBN13: 978-0691158501
  • ePub: 1354 kb | FB2: 1572 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 18, 2015)
  • Pages: 464
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 440
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The Match Girl and the Heiress ePub download

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Toward the start of his fascinating book The Match Girl and the Heiress, Seth Koven states that it joins efforts by historians to reclaim pre–World War II Britain for Christianity, a salutary historiographical Reconquista. This may set alarm bells ringing, with its implication that more secular-mi. This may set alarm bells ringing, with its implication that more secular-m. he Match Girl and the Heiress by Seth Koven.

Seth Koven visited this era in a previous book, Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London. Now, in The Match Girl and the Heiress, inspired by a cache of private writings that reveal a profound relationship between two women activists, he delves deep into the historical record to build an intriguing story of cross-class devotion - between the social reformer Muriel Lester and a half-orphaned Cockney factory worker named Nellie Dowell. Koven points out that Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl was but one of many novels and tracts that fetishized these unfortunates, provoking a kind of slumming tourism.

In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe-Nellie .

In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe-Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a well-heeled tourist and revered Christian peacemaker, anticolonial activist, and humanitarian.

In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe-Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a well-heeled tourist and revered Christian . Books related to The Match Girl and the Heiress. Koven vividly describes how their lives crossed in the slums of East London, where they inaugurated a grassroots revolution that took the Sermon on the Mount as a guide to achieving economic and social justice for the dispossessed.

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A rare and brilliant history of the ethical subject. -Leela Gandhi, Brown University.

The heiress Muriel Lester and the match girl Nellie Dowell could not have come from more different backgrounds. Seth Koven's book traces their extraordinary partnership and the impact it had on East End London. Muriel was the daughter of a shipbuilder and enjoyed a cossetted Victorian childhood. She was sent to one of the top girls' public schools and her social life revolved around lawn tennis and garden parties. Although privileged, Muriel's parents were progressive, encouraging her to think about those less fortunate.

The Match Girl Nellie Dowell was a match-factory girl in Victorian London .

The Match Girl Nellie Dowell was a match-factory girl in Victorian London who spent her early years consigned to orphanages and hospitals. Muriel Lester, the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder, longed to be free of the burden of money and possessions. In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe-Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a well-heeled tourist and revered Christian peacemaker, anticolonial activist, and humanitarian.

In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe-Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a. .You are leaving VitalSource and being redirected to The Match Girl and the Heiress. eTextbook Return Policy.

Nellie Dowell was a match factory girl in Victorian London who spent her early years consigned to orphanages and hospitals. Muriel Lester, the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder, longed to be free of the burden of money and possessions. Together, these unlikely soulmates sought to remake the world according to their own utopian vision of Christ's teachings. The Match Girl and the Heiress paints an unforgettable portrait of their late-nineteenth-century girlhoods of wealth and want, and their daring twentieth-century experiments in ethical living in a world torn apart by war, imperialism, and industrial capitalism.

In this captivating book, Seth Koven chronicles how each traveled the globe―Nellie as a spinster proletarian laborer, Muriel as a well-heeled tourist and revered Christian peacemaker, anticolonial activist, and humanitarian. Koven vividly describes how their lives crossed in the slums of East London, where they inaugurated a grassroots revolution that took the Sermon on the Mount as a guide to achieving economic and social justice for the dispossessed. Koven shows how they devoted themselves to Kingsley Hall―Gandhi’s London home in 1931 and Britain’s first "people’s house" founded on the Christian principles of social sharing, pacifism, and reconciliation―and sheds light on the intimacies and inequalities of their loving yet complicated relationship.

The Match Girl and the Heiress probes the inner lives of these two extraordinary women against the panoramic backdrop of shop-floor labor politics, global capitalism, counterculture spirituality, and pacifist feminism to expose the wounds of poverty and neglect that Christian love could never heal.

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Muriel Lester and Nellie Dowell are the subjects of this biography. Their tales are told against a well-presented, thoroughly researched backdrop of the 1890s and early 1900s in London and further afield.

Muriel was well-off, the daughter of a ship-builder. Nellie was the daughter of a sailor who drowned at sea, so that she and her siblings were taken from their mother into a poorhouse until she could get employment with the match firm where her mother worked. Women were not able to earn as much as men and could not support a family.

In her early twenties Nellie was sent by R Bell & Co, the firm, which faced strikes over low pay, bad working conditions and dangerous use of phosphorous, to make matches in New Zealand. The authorities here had read of the London working conditions and were determined not to allow such deplorable situations to arise, so Nellie was much better off. The firm saved by not exporting matches long distance, yet the materials to make them had to be imported from various countries.

Muriel like many New Women of the time was educated, well-off, in no hurry to marry and raised with Christian values. She and others went out to investigate social conditions, working women, factories and disease. They spoke with journalists and encouraged unions. Muriel met Nellie when the worker returned to London via Scandinavia. She wrote Nellie's biography, leaning on the fact of her childhood having been stolen from her. The two women remained close friends and Muriel travelled widely and became famous, a friend of Ghandi and ardent campaigner for human rights and women's rights.

This book is a great reflection of the wider times and while not a light read will draw in anyone who wants to know more about the changes in our modern world.
Gravelblade
The premise of Seth Koven’s The Match Girl and the Heiress sounds like the worst sort of contrived Victorian social commentary. Well-to-do young woman (soft white hands and all) gives it all up to venture into the slums of London and befriends a factory working match girl who, in her turn, idolizes her. Together, they try to change the world.

It’s non-fiction, however, so I was very excited. It sounded like romantic friendship , which is one of my favourite topics. As is the Victorian era. So I thought, ‘real life romantic friendship in my favourite time period?’ Result!

Alas, it was not to be. While the book was very well researched. It was, at times, dry even for an academic work. I learned a great deal about the way World War I shaped Britain’s view of pacifism and other social causes. And the rise and clash of different sorts of feminism was quite interesting. But other parts were something of a slog.

The best sections (though few and far between) were analyzing the unequal relationship of the women–Muriel Lester (the heiress) and Nellie Dowell (the match girl), which were nearly perfect mirrors of the way well-meaning middle class whites in the U.S. try to help poor people, especially blacks in the present day. There’s a genuine desire to provide assistance but due to a lifetime of wearing the blinders of privilege they make mistake after mistake.

Unfortunately, I can only recommend this for those specifically interested in class and social issues of the time. 3/5

[I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
Bev
Item as described and arrived in great time! Thanks!
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