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Penguin Classics London Labour And The London Poor

by Henry Mayhew
Foreword by Victor Neuberg
Editor Victor Neuberg

Penguin UK (PB) | October 31, 2006 | Trade Paperback |

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Unflinching reports of London''s poor from a prolific and influential English writer

"London Labour and the London Poor" originated in a series of articles, later published in four volumes, written for the "Morning Chronicle" in 1849 and 1850 when journalist Henry Mayhew was at the height of his career. Mayhew aimed simply to report the realities of the poor from a compassionate and practical outlook. This penetrating selection shows how well he succeeded: the underprivileged of London become extraordinarily and often shockingly alive.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: October 31, 2006

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140432418

ISBN - 13: 9780140432411

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Penguin Classics London Labour And The London Poor

Penguin Classics London Labour And The London Poor

by Henry Mayhew
Foreword by Victor Neuberg
Editor Victor Neuberg

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: October 31, 2006

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140432418

ISBN - 13: 9780140432411

About the Book

Unflinching reports of London's poor from a prolific and influential English writer

"London Labour and the London Poor" originated in a series of articles, later published in four volumes, written for the "Morning Chronicle" in 1849 and 1850 when journalist Henry Mayhew was at the height of his career. Mayhew aimed simply to report the realities of the poor from a compassionate and practical outlook. This penetrating selection shows how well he succeeded: the underprivileged of London become extraordinarily and often shockingly alive.

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Unflinching reports of London''s poor from a prolific and influential English writer

"London Labour and the London Poor" originated in a series of articles, later published in four volumes, written for the "Morning Chronicle" in 1849 and 1850 when journalist Henry Mayhew was at the height of his career. Mayhew aimed simply to report the realities of the poor from a compassionate and practical outlook. This penetrating selection shows how well he succeeded: the underprivileged of London become extraordinarily and often shockingly alive.

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"I shall consider the whole of the metropolitan poor under three separate phases, according as they will work, they can't work, and they won't work."

London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of articles written for the Morning Chronicle in 1849-50, when Mayhew was at the height of his powers as a journalist, and was eventually published in four volumes in 1861-2.

Victor Neuburg's judicious selection ranges from costermongers to ex-convicts, from chimney-sweeps to vagrants, and includes illustrations from the 1865 impression. Mayhew had no theoretical or political axe to grind, and eschewed vague philanthropy: he was as prepared to attribute the hardships of the poor to themselves as to society. Nevertheless, his outlook was compassionate and practical; and his aim was simply to report. This selection shows how well he succeeded: the underprivileged of London become extraordinarily and often shockingly alive—and Dickens is shown to be no exaggerator of life on the breadline in the middle of the nineteenth century.

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"I shall consider the whole of the metropolitan poor under three separate phases, according as they will work, they can't work, and they won't work."

London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of articles written for the Morning Chronicle in 1849-50, when Mayhew was at the height of his powers as a journalist, and was eventually published in four volumes in 1861-2.

Victor Neuburg's judicious selection ranges from costermongers to ex-convicts, from chimney-sweeps to vagrants, and includes illustrations from the 1865 impression. Mayhew had no theoretical or political axe to grind, and eschewed vague philanthropy: he was as prepared to attribute the hardships of the poor to themselves as to society. Nevertheless, his outlook was compassionate and practical; and his aim was simply to report. This selection shows how well he succeeded: the underprivileged of London become extraordinarily and often shockingly alive—and Dickens is shown to be no exaggerator of life on the breadline in the middle of the nineteenth century.

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Representing Henry Mayhew at the peak of his journalistic talent, London Labour and the London Poor began as a series of articles for the Morning Chronicle in 1849 andwas eventually published in four volumes in 1861. Victor Neuburg's intelligent selection features costermongers, ex-convicts, chimney sweeps and vagrants, as well as illustrations from the 1865 impression. With no theoretical or political bias, Mayhew blamed poor people's hardships as much on themselves as on society. Both sympathetic and sensible, he aimed merely to report objectively. This stunning selection brings London's underprivileged in the mid-19th century to brilliant life.

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