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Collected Poems:
Rhymes from the Factory (with additions)
Songs of a Factory Girl
Voices of Womanhood
Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. Introduced by Patricia E. Johnson
ISBN 9781849212120
SERIES Ethel Carnie Holdsworth
Paperback  268 pages
Published 26 September 2020    UK Price £16.95    US Price $24.95   

Ethel Carnie (1886-1962) was a working-class writer and socialist activist who campaigned for social and economic justice and the rights of working-class men and women.
She worked in the Lancashire cotton mills from the age of eleven until her early twenties.
Now widely recognized as a novelist and essayist, Ethel Carnie Holdsworth first published as a poet.
The three books collected here for the first time demonstrate her growth in this genre from her early poems, written when she worked full time in the mill, to her last book of poetry, Voices of Womanhood, which realizes her mature insights into the lives of working-class women.
Carnie Holdsworth’s poetry provides both a unique perspective on British life in the early twentieth century and an invaluable testament to the experiences of her gender and class.

Patricia E. Johnson is Professor Emerita of English and Humanities at Penn State University.
She has published two articles on Ethel Carnie, one on her poetry and one on her fairy tales.
She is also the author of
Hidden Hands: Working-Class Women and Victorian Social Problem Fiction (Ohio UP, 2001) as well as articles on the novels of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant, Charles Dickens, and Pat Barker.


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