London Labour And The London Poor by Henry MayhewLondon Labour And The London Poor by Henry Mayhew

London Labour And The London Poor

byHenry MayhewIntroduction byVictor E. NeuburgEditorVictor Neuberg

Paperback | July 1, 1986


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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Henry Mayhew, journalist and social investigator, humorist, dramatist, novelist, and author of works of travel and popular instruction, was born in 1812. The son of a London solicitor, he was educated at Westminster School, from which he eventually ran away. Mayhew then went to sea and traveled to India before entering his father’s off...
Title:London Labour And The London PoorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.81 × 5.12 × 0.95 inPublished:July 1, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140432418

ISBN - 13:9780140432411

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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 and was 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.