Vagabonds Life on the Streets of Nineteenth-Century London

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Publisher's Synopsis

Dickensian London is brought to real and vivid life in this Wolfson History Prize-shortlisted portrait by a rising-star historian and New Generation Thinker

Until now, our view of bustling late Georgian and Victorian London has been filtered through its great chroniclers, who did not themselves come from poverty - Dickens, Mayhew, Gustave Doré. Their visions were dazzling in their way, censorious, often theatrical. Now, for the first time, this innovative social history brilliantly - and radically - shows us the city's most compelling period (1780-1870) at street level.

From beggars and thieves to musicians and missionaries, porters and hawkers to sex workers and street criers, Jensen unites a breadth of original research and first-hand accounts and testimonies to tell their stories in their own words. What emerges is a buzzing, cosmopolitan world of the working classes, diverse in gender, ethnicity, origin, ability and occupation - a world that challenges and fascinates us still.

Book information

ISBN: 9780715654958
Publisher: Duckworth Books
Imprint: Duckworth
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.5690942109034
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 198g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 30mm