First published in 1994, this volume features an autobiography of Allen Davenport, a key figure linking Chartism with the French Revolution, along with some of his selected works. Davenport 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. This volume reprints 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
1. The Life and Literary Pursuits of Allen Davenport. 2. Editorial Afterword. 3. A Further Selection from the Works of Allen Davenport.
Malcolm Chase has published widely on agrarian radicalism and related topics; he is the author of The People's Farm: English Radical Agrarianism, 1775-1840, OUP, 1988.
'An illuminating, personal, and moving view of radical England.' Choice