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The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: v. 1: Authentic First-person Accounts by Beggars, Thieves and Prostitutes Paperback – 28 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486440060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486440064
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Henry Mayhew (18121887) was a journalist, social investigator, novelist, and author his work distinguished by vivid reportage, unsentimental sympathy, humor, and an eye for detail.
Victor Neuburg is a former senior lecturer at the School of Librarianship, University of North London. His publications include "Popular Literature" and "A Guide to the Western Front,"


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You get an instant picture of Victorian London, the misery and the suffering of the working classes and their appalling living conditions. Anyone researching this subject should buy it because is informative, accurate, and most important it is an eye-witness account and that is very rare indeed.
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Great insight into days gone by, full of odd details and intriguing lives, but a difficult and slow read. The prejudice of some of the collectors of the information sometimes comes through, but it is nevertheless uniquely worthwhile. The accounts' authenticity mean that it is a great source of reliable information. Just dip in and out to avoid getting bogged down with the dull parts.
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I brought this book for my other half - a Londener himself - and have stolen it! It is a fascinating read. I love the way the accounts from some of the people are spelt as they would have spoken it so you really get a taste of the accent. We know most of the streets and places that are mentioned in the book and it's interesting to think what was happening there before we were walking around and drinking in all the pubs! I'd recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history and loves London. It really does have a character all of its own and is full of people who are unlike any other. 5 stars, I'm so glad I brought it!
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Henry Mayhew. He must be a strong contender for the most prolific journalist of his time, having read similar work from his journeys around Victorian London I'm more than happy to recommend anything he has a hand in!
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This book says as much about the social and moral opinions of the writer as about the criminals of the time. Very enlightening and entertaining
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Interesting contempopect.rary account of Victorian crime. Details are quite fascinating, but the language is old fashioned as you would ex
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Original Mayhew. For a reader of British social history like myself, Mayhew is a 'must' Thoroughly recommended.
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