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Marion Bernstein

Marion Bernstein

British poet
Marion Bernstein
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Intro British poet
Was Poet
From United Kingdom
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 1846
Death 1906 (aged 60 years)
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Biography

Marion Bernstein (1846–1906) was a radical feminist poet who lived most of her life in Glasgow.

Biography

Bernstein was born in London in 1846 to Theodore Bernstein, a Jewish emigrant from Germany and Lydia Pulsford, an Anglican mother from Marylebone. She suffered from debilitating infirmity in her childhood, and suffered illness throughout her adult life. By 1874, she had moved to Glasgow with her widowed mother, her brother, her married sister, and her brother-in-law. In Glasgow, she supported herself by teaching piano lessons.

Poetry

Bernstein is commonly remembered for writing a number of radically feminist poems, for example 'The Wretched Sex', 'A Woman's Logic' and 'Wanted Husband'. Much of her work was published in newspapers printed in Glasgow, most notably the Glasgow Weekly Mail. Her only published book of poetry, Mirren's Musings, was published in 1876. Interest in Bernstein was revived following her inclusion in Tom Leonard's 'Radical Renfrew', an edited collection of poems by Scottish writers who had been largely forgotten.

In her 1878 poem 'The Govan Rivetter's Strike', Berstein was strongly critical of a strike called by a group of Clyde shipbuilders, leading Tom Leonard to remark that: 'A radical in one tradition might be conservative in another. Marion Bernstein, though a pioneering feminist in her work, attacked Govan shipyard workers for striking'.

Legacy

After the revival of her work in the 1990s, Bernstein's works were included in several prominent critical studies of Scottish poetry, such as Mungo’s Tongues, Glasgow Poets Past and Present, A History of Scottish Women’s Writing, The New Penguin Book of Scottish Verse, and The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature. However, a significant portion of her work remained unpublished.

In 2013, Bernstein's collected poems were published as A Song of Glasgow Town. This collection included poems from Mirren's Musings, as well as several poems published elsewhere and fifteen previously unpublished works.

Selected works

  • Mirren's Musings (1876)
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http://www.nines.org/exhibits/A_Scottish_Dozen?page=1
https://archive.org/details/historyofscottis0000unse/page/256
https://asls.arts.gla.ac.uk/Marion_Bernstein.html
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https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb16954145s
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb16954145s
http://isni.org/isni/0000000410147356
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nb2013012890
http://data.bibliotheken.nl/id/thes/p363041788
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