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272 Pages | 70 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719052835

Bookseller Code (06)


Dusty Bob

A cultural history of dustmen, 1780-1870

Brian Maidment

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Offers the first detailed study of the dustmans trade, which was central to the Regency and Victorian understanding of the urban environment
  • Draws on an extraordinary range of sources, including plays, novels, reportage and, especially, visual culture to describe the ways in which dustmen were perceived and mythologised
  • Shows how the image of the dustman based on assumptions about his work established in the last decades of the eighteenth century and went on to become the focus of humorous and carnivalesque representations in the early Victorian period
  • Represents a detailed and original piece of research, of interest to scholars and advanced students of Victorian culture, but also written with a broader readership in mind