Peterborough, Ont. ; Buffalo, NY : Broadview Press, c2009.
Book — 369 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
As a campaigner for reproductive choice and a leader in progressive spirituality, Annie Besant embodied the most fascinating aspects of Victorian culture. This is the only critical edition of her first memoir. Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933) was a problematic and notorious figure in Victorian England, questioning and then breaking from the Anglican Church to become an atheist, women's rights advocate, and Freethinker. As editor of her own journal, "Our Corner", she responded to inquiries about her life experiences by serializing her life story, which was published in 1885. After providing a vivid account of her trial, along with Charles Bradlaugh, for the right to publish birth control literature, Besant recounts her heartbreaking trial for custody of her daughter. With a critical and historical introduction by Carol Hanbery MacKay, this Broadview Edition includes comparative passages from "An Autobiography", written in 1893 after Besant's conversion to Theosophy. Contemporary reviews, excerpts from publications about issues such as Socialism and trade unionism, and additional examples of Besant's writing about secularism and labour reform are also included. This is the only newly edited, annotated edition (a number of unedited reprints and kooky limited printings are available). (source: Nielsen Book Data)