"Robbed of My Childhood" by Mary Jane Cutting

I am trying to track down a copy of a book my great-great grandmother wrote. The book, “Robbed of My Childhood,” was written by Mary Jane Cutting in 1968 (just two years before she passed away). Within it contains a largely autobiographical account of her childhood (with a few names and places changed) and how awful her step-father was to her family.

My parents somehow found a copy of the book being sold online a few years ago and were able to purchase it, but I really would like to own a copy for myself. Having a priceless first hand account of my great-great grandmother’s childhood preserved is extremely important to me.

There are several problems tracking down a copy of this book:

I am going to research who actually owns the copyright on this book by finding and examining the will of my great-great grandmother. If my great-grandmother was granted the rights to the book, that would mean children (my grandfather and his sister) would own the rights currently. Current copyright law is silly and says that the book remains copyrighted until 2063. I would love to release this book from copyright and put it into the public domain.

If there is anyone out there that currently owns a copy of this book and would like to sell it, please contact me. I will be very interested in owning a copy of this priceless (to me) book.

2 thoughts on “"Robbed of My Childhood" by Mary Jane Cutting

  1. I am going to assume by Grandfather you mean my uncle Sherman, I am Shirley’s oldest daughter.. I also have been trying to locate a copy of this book… did you have any luck with it? please contact me if you have an extra or know where to get one… or if you would just like to get to know us..

  2. Hi this is Shirley Ann King-Hanna,author of two books written as well. Above is my sister Rose, and yah Mary Jane is my great grandmother too. I am curious to know who is requesting the copy. It has to be one of my sisters, or my brothers. About the book, I believe the book was written by my great grandmother, (Mary Jane), but took place when Mary Jane’s mother was a child, which would be my great, great, grandmother. I am under the impression that Mary Jane’s mother, told Mary Jane and her siblings of the story, and the actual setting was when Mary Jane’s mother was a child. We have some old pictures that just came through with Mary Jane’s mother, and Mary Jane’s great grandmother. It seems Mary Jane’s mother’s, mother, being the possible mother during the tragic story, lived to be 103 years old, amazing after all that she went through.

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