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London Labour and the London Poor (Penguin Classics)

London Labour and the London Poor (Penguin Classics)
Author: Henry Mayhew
ISBN 13: 9780140432411
ISBN 10: 140432418
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1985-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 510
List Price: $17.00

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.

Michael Rogers - Library Journal

Journalist Mayhew wrote these texts as newspaper articles between 1849 and 1850. He exposed the underbelly of London's impoverished masses, some working, some begging, others stealing. Dickens, it ain't.