A Song of Glasgow Town

The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein

By Marion H. Bernstein

Edited by Edward H. Cohen , Anne R. Fertig , Linda Fleming

Format: Hardback

A Song of Glasgow Town contains all of Bernstein's 198 published poems, along with a detailed introduction to her life and work, and extensive notes explaining the background to each poem. These verses provide a fascinating insight into Glasgow in the late Victorian age, at a time of unprecedented social and economic change.

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing.

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Although her reputation now rests on her poems on women's rights, the Glasgow poet Marion Bernstein (1846 - 1906) recognised little distinction between gender equality and social equality. She had no patience for those who claimed privilege over others. She valued her fellow poets, many of whom were from the working classes, and she populated her poems with an array of ordinary citizens: postmen, riveters, fishermen, street musicians, even a victim of intemperance. In her enlightened poem 'Human Rights' she advocated universal equality and gave her vision of a world run by women: 'We'd give fair play, let come what might, / To he or she folk, black or white, / And haste the reign of Human Right.' A Song of Glasgow Town contains all of Bernstein's 198 published poems, along with a detailed introduction to her life and work, and extensive notes explaining the background to each poem. These verses provide a fascinating insight into Glasgow in the late Victorian age, at a time of unprecedented social and economic change.

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Format Hardback
Imprint The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Publication Date 6 Jun 2013
ISBN 9781906841133
Number of Pages 328

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"Marion Bernstein has a good claim to being the greatest Scottish feminist we've never heard of ... Her voice - neglected for so long - is just the kind we need to hear as we consider the writers who invented Scotland, and the hopes we have for our country in the future." - Scottish Review of Books 9/4, November 2013

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