Almost entirely forgotten today, the Scotsman David Pae (1828-84), evangelical
controversialist and founding editor of the People's Friend, was undoubtedly
one of the most widely read novelists in mid-Victorian Britain. Over fifty of
his sensational serial stories were syndicated in a wide range of cheap weekly
newspapers throughout Scotland and the English provinces from the mid 1850s.
Of these the most popular was Lucy, the Factory Girl, which first appeared
in the Edinburgh newspaper The North Britain in 1858-9. Now republished
for the first time for over a century, it should prove fascinating reading for
all students of Victorian literary, social, and publishing history.
Introduction by Graham Law vii
A Note on the Text xv
Select Bibliography xx
Lucy, The Factory Girl 1
Appendix A: Mid-Victorian Glasgow 289
Appendix B: A Brief Life of David Pae by Andrew Stewart 301
Appendix C: Pae's Evangelicalism 307
(1) Pae's 1853 Pamphlet, The Coming Struggle
(2) Extracts from Pamphlets Responding to Pae's
Appendix D: Towards a Pae Bibliography 345
Fiction in Serial and Volume, Pamphlets, Unpublished Plays, Editorial Roles, Evidence of Untraced Publications, Works Mentioned by Andrew Stewart, Works Doubtfully Attributed to Pae.
Explanatory Notes - 349
Announcements of the serialisations of Lucy in the North Briton
An instalment of Lucy in the North Briton
A Bird's-Eye View of Mid Victorian Glasgow (1864)
Clyde Street, Glasgow Bridge and the Broomielaw
St. Andrew's Church, the Green and Nelson's Monument
Glasgow Cross, the High Street, Trongate and the Tontine
Argyle Street, Buchanan Street, Queen Street and the Royal Exchange
Blythswood Square, Sauchiehall Street and St. Vincent Street Glasgow
The Cathedral, the Necropolis and the John Knox Monument
A Portrait of David Pae in his Prime (courtesy of the Dundee Courier)
Portrait of David Pae in 1884
'Lucy, the Factory Girl includes a substantial element of fantasy
and wish fulfilment (. . .) it is an urban fairy-tale with echoes of Cinderella
and Ali Baba, but (. . .) the main intention is deadly serious. The novel delivers
an unrelenting attack on the commercial ethos, the devouring materialism which
the author saw as threatening to engulf Scotland.'
William Donaldson, Popular Literature in Victorian Scotland (1986)
'Outstanding among the newspaper novelists Law has momentarily resurrected
is the tireless Scotsman David Pae.'
Richard Altick, Review of Graham Law's Serializing Fiction in the Victorian Press, TLS, 9 February 2001
Graham Law is Professor in English Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo. In addition to publishing a wide range of articles on nineteenth century literature and society, he has produced editions of Victorian novels including Dickens's Hard Times and Great Expectations for Broadview Press. His book, Serializing Fiction in the Victorian Press, was published by Palgrave in 2000.
This edition of Lucy, the Factory
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