Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gays Trivia (1716)

Paperback | February 15, 2009

EditorClare Brant, Susan E. Whyman

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Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London will entertain and inform all who are interested in literature, history, and the city of London. This unique book invites the reader to walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of eighteenth-century London in an unusual way. Nineleading experts from the fields of literature, history, classics, gender, biography, geography, and costume, offer different interpretations of John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716). The poem - a lively, funny, and thought-provoking statement about urban life -accompanies the essays, in a new edition with comprehensive notes. The introduction paints a vibrant picture of London in 1716, depicting Gay's fascinating life and literary world, offering an invaluable guide to the poem. Together, these elements allow the heat, grime, and smells of the underbellyof eighteenth-century London come alive in new ways.

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Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London will entertain and inform all who are interested in literature, history, and the city of London. This unique book invites the reader to walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of eighteenth-century London in an unusual way. Nineleading experts from the fields of literature...

Clare Brant is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at King's College London. Susan E. Whyman is an independent Historian formerly at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pagesPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928072X

ISBN - 13:9780199280728

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe ProjectLondon in 1716John Gay's Life and Literary World A Guide to the Poem: Trivia: or, The Art of Walking the Streets of LondonThe Essays: Connections, Differences, DisciplinesThe Essays1. Philip Carter: Faces and Crowds: Biography in the City2. Susan E. Whyman: Sharing Public Spaces3. Alison Stenton: Spatial Stories: Movement in the City and Cultural Geography4. Tim Hitchcock: 'All besides the Rail, rang'd Beggars lie': Trivia and the Public Poverty of Early Eighteenth-Century London5. Mark Jenner: "Nauceious and Abominable"? Pollution, Plague, and Poetics in John Gay's Trivia6. Clare Brant: Artless and Artful: John Gay's Trivia7. Margaret R. Hunt: The Walker Beset: Gender in the Early Eighteenth-Century City8. Aileen Ribeiro: Street Style: Dress in John Gay's Trivia9. Susanna Morton Braund: Gay's Trivia: Walking the Streets of RomeThe Poem Trivia: or, The Art of Walking the Streets of LondonPoem Notes

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`Review from previous edition 'There is much to enjoy in this volume. The text of the poem itself is a sound one, [and] the commentary, far fuller than anything currently available, will be useful.' '- Henry Power, Times Literary Supplement