The Victorian City : Everyday Life in Dickens' London

Description

The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London, which, in only a few decades, grew from a compact Regency town into the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology-railways, street-lighting, and sewers-transformed both the city and the experience of city-living. From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor. From the colorful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable reality of travel by omnibus, to the many uses for the body parts of dead horses and the unimaginably grueling working days of hawker children, no detail is too small, or too strange. No one who reads Judith Flanders's meticulously researched, captivatingly written The Victorian City will ever view London in the same light again.

Details

Author(s)
Judith Flanders
Format
Paperback | 560 pages
Dimensions
137 x 208 x 41mm | 476g
Publication date
14 Jul 2015
Publisher
St. Martin's Griffin
Publication City/Country
New York
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
1250068266
ISBN13
9781250068262
Bestsellers rank
863,803