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REVIEW OF NEW OUP EDITION!
on 11 October 2010
Amazon should look to separating this edition from the Penguin edition of Mayhew's studies because this is almost a totally different selection of Mayhew's writings with a better and more in depth introduction and potted biography of Mayhew by the editor, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. One of the main points that Douglas-Fairhurst makes is that Mayhew considered himself a reporter rather than a reformer or campaigner but what a reporter. Using language that resonates of the time, much of it verbatim transcripts of interviewees, Mayhew shines a dazzling light on the street life of Victorian London. Dickens and Thackeray were notable devotees of Mayhew's work and incorporated much of his studies into their own work.
I would strongly recommend anyone with even the slightest interest in the period to get this volume, all the more so because although there is some overlap with the Penguin edition, there is lots of "new" material in here (costermongers' cries for example) so that even if you already have that edition it is well worth getting this one as well.