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Mayhew: London Labour and the London Poor

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Mayhew: London Labour and the London Poor
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ISBN: 9781781981559
Download Size: 2920 Mb
Running Time: 03:12:00
Digital UPC: 9781781981559

Release Date: September 2018
Originally recorded in 2018
Henry Mayhew
David Timson
Spoken Word

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Mayhew: London Labour and the London Poor
Henry Mayhew
Read by David Timson

London Labour and the London Poor is a rare and fascinating insight into the lives and struggles of the 19th-century poor. Written by journalist and reformer Henry Mayhew, a founder and editor of the satirical magazine Punch, it collects hundreds of testimonials from the lower strata of Victorian society. We encounter street entertainers, ‘pure finders’, cabinetmakers, gingerbread sellers, ‘screeve-fakers’, swindlers and burglars. We hear accounts from toshers finding items in sewers, people attempting to train pigs to dance, and witness the sale of everything from gilt watches and chickweed to needles, dog collars and eel soup. It is a remarkable work, said to have inspired the socially conscious fiction of Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, who described it as ‘a picture of human life so wonderful, so awful, so piteous and pathetic, so exciting and terrible, that readers of romances own they never read anything like to it’

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