Journals Higher Education

$24.95

Hardcover

17 November 2010

512 Pages | 23 b/w illus.

ISBN: 9780199566082


Bookseller Code (01)

London Labour and the London Poor

Henry Mayhew
Edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

  • A new selection from Henry Mayhew's pioneering work on the lives of the London poor in Victorian England, with original illustrations, illuminating introduction, and additional material.
  • Mayhew's interviews with street traders, entertainers and others are as vivid as fiction and eye-opening in their revelations about hardship and poverty.
  • The selection offers a cross-section from all four volumes of Mayhew's bulky original work, combining a full range of human interest stories and quirky statistical calculations which open a window on to the brilliantly obsessive nature of Mayhew himself, and the way that ordinary Victorians lived.
  • Fascinating introduction looks at Mayhew's life and career, the genesis and development of the book and its influence on contemporaries such as Dickens and Kingsley, its short-term impact and longer term significance, paying particular attention to Mayhew's style.
  • Detailed explanatory notes add further historical detail.
  • Includes a period map of London and the first of Mayhew's newspaper assignments from which the book grew.
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