The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 11! Click here to see my spin list.
I’m just going to give a quick summary of the book in this post and a few stats like the number of pages, the edition I’m using, and other stuff.
London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew
Summary: An extraordinary work of investigative journalism, literature, and sociology, London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of articles for a local newspaper and grew into a massive record of the daily life of Victorian London’s underclass. By turns alarming, touching, and funny, the pages of London Labour and the London Poor exposed a previously hidden world. Henry Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews that provided a first-hand account of costermongers and street-sellers, of sewer-scavengers and chimney-sweeps, creating an intimate and detailed portrait that offered unprecedented insight into their day-to-day struggle for survival. Combined with Mayhew’s comprehensive data gathering, these stories have an immediacy that owes much to his sympathetic understanding and effective literary style.
About the author: Henry Mayhew (1812 – 1887) was a journalist, playwright, and advocate of reform. He was one of the co-founders of Punch, a satirical magazine, 1841 and he co-edited the magazine with Mark Lemon.
First published: 1851
Edition: Oxford World’s Classics
Number of pages: 472
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
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