Excellent Mrs Fry: The Unlikely Heroine (Hardback)
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Excellent Mrs Fry: The Unlikely Heroine (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 29/04/2010
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This is a brilliant new study of the Quaker social reformer, who transformed the lives of prisoners and made a lasting mark on English society. Elizabeth Fry was one of the quiet heroines of Victorian England. Her name is inextricably linked with prison reform, and specifically Newgate, the infamous London gaol which provided material for Gay's "The Beggar's Opera" and Brecht's "Threepenny Opera". When Fry was born in 1780, Newgate was being rebuilt after the notorious anti-Catholic Gordon riots. Many years later it was at Newgate that she pioneered her reforming vision. It is there today, in what is now the Old Bailey, that Fry's statue bears witness to her inestimable influence. But there was more to her career than Newgate. Elizabeth Fry supported the anti-slavery movement, and campaigned tirelessly across Europe for prison reform. She was driven by religious conviction and found in her work a satsfaction that sadly eluded her in her private life. Prison reform today is as controversial as it was 200 years ago. This moving and important book casts light on a woman whose brave fight continues to this day.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781847250391
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Making extensive use of diaries and memoirs, Isba effectively draws the reader into Fry's personal deliberations, contradictions and anxieties ... evocative and affectionate--Bbc History Magazine
A lively and excellent tribute to Elizabeth Fry--Church Times
A lively and excellent tribute to Elizabeth Fry--,
Anne Isba has done extensive research, including the 46 diaries of Elizabeth Fry, in compiling this work. This is no starry-eyed, sentimental biography of a Victorian lady, bur rather, in her own words "to make Fry's career the hero of the piece."--Sanford Lakoff
A lively and excellent tribute to Elizabeth Fry--Sanford Lakoff
"An illuminating account of Fry's work, and a vivid picture of prisons and prison reform."--Sanford Lakoff
An engaging and even inspiring read for any enthusiast of the period, and most particularly the spirit of social reform that characterises it.--Sanford Lakoff
The core of this book offers a useful historical perspective to anyone interested in the reform of prisons.--Sanford Lakoff
'Anne Isba's biography of Elizabeth Fry is a treasure for anyone interested in the life and work of this early nineteenth-century reformer... this is a well organised, well-researched and very readable biography... a welcome addition to the existing literature about an exceptional woman.'--Sanford Lakoff

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