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London Labour and the London Poor

Henry Mayhew

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Subtitled, "A Cyclopaedia of the condition and earnings of those that will work, those that cannot work, and those that will not work." "The history of a people from the lips of the people themselves .. their labour, earnings, trials and sufferings, in their own unvarnished language, and to pourtray the condition of their homes and their families by personal observation of the places ..." "My earnest hope is that the book may serve to give the rich a more intimate knowledge of the sufferings, and the frequent heroism under those sufferings, of the poor ..." Henry Mayhew was a social researcher and journalist. He compiled a four volume work in minute detail on the lives of the poor in London.

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Occasionally a bit laborious (no pun intended) to read, but many of the anecdotes - people who train dancing pigs, the reminiscences of burglars, those who wade thru sewers to find valuables - are fascinating. The fourth volume is largely written by others than Mayhew, and is a bit of a different bo

Surprisingly enjoyable and thoroughly interesting.

Although this 500-page version is abridged from the 3-volume original, there is a huge wealth of material here. I'm not sure why they chose to keep all of the many sections on costermongers but to leave out most of the sections on poultry and game ve

I had to read this book for my uni course, otherwise I would almost certainly have never embarked upon such an endeavor.
I have to say, however, that while very dense with endless facts and figures, there are also some incredibly interesting first-hand accounts of London life in the Victorian era.

The reality of a Dickens novel. This book also inspired From Hell. It's a fascinating read with details about how Fleet Street people ("the poor") lived. This reads like a documentary rather than a narrative, but I love randomly opening it and delving into this world.

London Labour and the London Poor is Henry Mayhew’s classic investigation into the lives of nineteenth century street traders, who made their living making, finding and selling things on the streets of London.

My favourite parts of the book were portraits of individuals based on interviews. All of Ma

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London Labour and the London Poor began life in a newspaper around 1850 and went through several editions, culminating in four volumes. Mayhew sought to survey at first-hand the lives of the impoverished, and analyse the causes of their poverty. Modern popular editions like this one are selections f

This was interesting. The work doesn't have much of a central thesis, it just set out to holistically describe how a huge and diverse group of people lived. Mayhew decided to meticulously chronicle the professions and activities of people living in penury in 1840s London, and that's exactly what he

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