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London Labour and the London Poor : Wordsworth Classics of World Literature - HENRY MAYHEW

London Labour and the London Poor

Wordsworth Classics of World Literature

Paperback Published: 5th March 2008
ISBN: 9781840226195
Number Of Pages: 688

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With an Introduction by Rosemary O'Day.

'London Labour and the London Poor' is a masterpiece of personal inquiry and social observation. It is the classic account of life below the margins in the greatest Metropolis in the world and a compelling portrait of the habits, tastes, amusements, appearance, speech, humour, earnings and opinions of the labouring poor at the time of the Great Exhibition.

In scope, depth and detail it remains unrivalled. Mayhew takes us into the abyss, into a world without fixed employment where skills are declining and insecurity mounting, a world of criminality, pauperism and vice, of unorthodox personal relations and fluid families, a world from which regularity is absent and prosperity has departed. Making sense of this environment required curiosity, imagination and a novelist's eye for detail, and Henry Mayhew possessed all three.

No previous writer had succeeded in presenting the poor through their own stories and in their own words, and in this undertaking Mayhew rivals his contemporary Dickens. 'To pass from one to the other', writes one authority,' is to cross sides of the same street'.

About the Author

Henry Mayhew (1812 - 1857) was a playright and journalist, and co-founder of 'Punch' magazine. He was a social reformer, and wrote a series of articles for 'The Morning Chronicle' on the plight of the poor on London's streets. These were later collected into a book, 'London's Labour and London's Poor', a detailed and extensive account of life as it truly was on the streets of Dickens' London.

ISBN: 9781840226195
ISBN-10: 1840226196
Series: Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 5th March 2008
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 454.0

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