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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (30 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571246737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571246731
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.2 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,353,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arthur George Morrison (1863-1945) was born and raised in the East End of London. His journalism was first published in the Globe in 1885 and he then worked as a clerk to the Beaumont Trustees, becoming sub-editor of the house paper, the Palace Journal. He left at the end of 1890 to join the editorial staff of the evening Globe before publishing his first book, The Shadows around Us, a collection of supernatural tales, in 1891. It is his acclaimed and controversial East End works though, Tales of Mean Streets (1894), A Child of the Jago (1896), and The Hole in the Wall (1902), for which he is best known.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jackie sharp on 18 April 2009
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I thought this book would be all doom and gloom as the title impies but it is actually a really up-beat and funny descriptive of the times and is also(in a irreverant and deliciously politically in-correct way)very relevant in our day

Some of the tales are tragi-comedy and some are just plain sad but there are lessons that should have been learned. Arthur Morrison could just as well been writing about some council estate in Shadsworth or Shippingsworth in 2009.

I despair what our beautful land has come to. At least in those days "That brute, Mr Simmons" never never never was comfortable in his ridiculously ill-fitting trousers!
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The Original Mean Streets 9 Nov. 2000
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"Down these mean streets a man must go," wrote Raymond Chandler on the subject of the detective novel. Few knew he was paying tribute to another writer, now almost forgotten, who wrote about the mean streets of London's Docks around 1900. In TALES OF MEAN STREETS, CHILD OF THE JAGO, and THE HOLE IN THE WALL, Arthur Morrison wrote about the world into which he was born. (Interestingly, he also wrote some great detective novels at the same time that Doyle was writing his Sherlock Holmes stories.)
Some of the stories in TALES OF MEAN STREETS seem sentimental today: There is no lurid sex, the cursing is subject to the "code" of Queen Victoria's day, and much of the violence takes place off stage. If you accept the givens of that day, you will enjoy Morrison; and you will see how the American detective novel and the film noir owe far more to Morrison than to Conan Doyle or anyone else. Morrison deserved to be remembered and honored.
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