London Labour and the London Poor

Paperback | April 24, 2012

byHenry MayhewEditorRobert Douglas-Fairhurst

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'I go about the street with water-creases crying, "Four bunches a penny, water-creases."'London Labour and the London Poor is an extraordinary work of investigative journalism, a work of literature, and a groundbreaking work of sociology. Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews with London's street traders, entertainers, thieves and beggars which revealed that the "two nations" of richand poor in Victorian Britain were much closer than many people thought. By turns alarming, touching, and funny, the pages of London Labour and the London Poor exposed a previously hidden world to view. The first-hand accounts of costermongers and street-sellers, of sewer-scavenger andchimney-sweep, are intimate and detailed and provide an unprecedented insight into their day-to-day struggle for survival. Combined with Mayhew's obsessive data gathering, these stories have an immediacy that owes much to his sympathetic understanding and highly effective literary style. This new selection offers a cross-section of the original volumes and their evocative illustrations, and includes an illuminating introduction to Henry Mayhew and the genesis and influence of his work.

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'I go about the street with water-creases crying, "Four bunches a penny, water-creases."'London Labour and the London Poor is an extraordinary work of investigative journalism, a work of literature, and a groundbreaking work of sociology. Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews with London's street traders, entertainers, thieves and be...

Henry Mayhew was a journalist, novelist, dramatist, and social investigator, born in London in 1812. He was one of the founding editors of Punch and went on to produce some of the most important journalism of the nineteenth century. His series of articles on "Labour and the Poor" attracted wide notice and eventually grew into a massi...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697574

ISBN - 13:9780199697571

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