Amy Levy

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Amy Levy

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This chapter focuses on Amy Levy, a gifted and precocious daughter of middle-class Anglo-Jewish parents. Her literary output during her short life was impressive and included three novels, three volumes of poetry, and many works of criticism and short stories. However, Levy struggled with melancholy, depression, unrequited loves, and increasing deafness. At the age of twenty-seven, Levy committed suicide. At the end of her life, Levy thought of herself as a child of the city, whose place was among the struggling crowd of dwellers in the city. Although Levy was a supporter and contributor to the Women's Protective and Provident League, which promoted self-help among working women, only a small portion of her work focused on working-class London or poverty. This chapter presents some of the poetry of Levy, which was part of her posthumously published A London Plane-Tree. These poems offer the sounds and sights of London.

Keywords: Amy Levy; Provident League; self-help; working women; working-class London; poverty

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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