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Title: Coals and rails: the autobiography of Anthony Errington
Authors: Errington, A
Keywords: Religion;Catholicism;Pit-life;Waggon-wright;Childhood
Issue Date: 1830
Publisher: Burnett Archive
Citation: 1:231
Abstract: Anthony Errington's account of childhood and pit-life at the end of the eighteenth century through to the early decades of the nineteenth century. Written in tyneside dialect, although this edition has received significant editing, including placing the narratives into chronological order and adding punctuation.
Description: The Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies was gathered together by John Burnett, David Vincent and David Mayall whilst compiling their three volumes annotated bibliography, "The Autobiography of the Working Class" (Harvester Press, 1984-1989). This book includes descriptions of unpublished autobiographies and indicates their locations. Excerpts from some of the autobiographies have been published in "Destiny obscure: autobiographies of childhood, education, and family from the1820s to the 1920s", edited by John Burnett (Routledge 1994 and A. Lane, 1982). The authors "sought to identify not only the large numbers of printed works scattered in various local history libraries and record offices, but also extant private memoirs, many of which remain hidden in family attics, known only to the author and a handful of relatives" (Introduction to vol.1, p. xxix). The criteria for inclusion were: the writers were working class for at least part of their lives; they wrote in English; and they lived for some┬átime in England, Scotland or Wales between 1790 and 1945. John Burnett was professor of social history at Brunel University from 1972 to 1990.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/9722
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