Mary Eleanor ("Nellie")
Benson (1863-1890) was the oldest daughter of Edward White Benson,
Archbishop of Canterbury. In the five years before her death of
diphtheria at age 27, she devoted herself to visiting, teaching
and ministering to working class girls and their families in the
Lambeth-Southwark neighborhood of London.
published privately by her father in 1891 as Streets and Lanes
of the City, Nellie's book is a treasure of true, often
soap-opera-like stories of poor families: their living conditions,
their religious sentiments, their letters and jokes, all seen through
the eyes of this remarkable woman.
reprinted with a new introduction with a full biography, her father's
original introduction, and an index of names. A fascinating insight
into social issues in Victorian London and how Anglican women were
active in empowering literacy, religion, employment, better sanitation,
and material and spiritual change.
specialty book for libraries, collectors, and anyone with an interest
in social history, religion and women's poverty.
xviii + 154 pp. handcrafted pb. $25.95.
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or write to: PovertyStudies, P.O. Box 380252, Cambridge, MA 02238-0252