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Author Flanders, Judith, author.

Title The Victorian city : everyday life in Dickens' London / Judith Flanders.

Publication Info. New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    942.108 FLA    Available
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xxiii, 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Previously published: London : Atlantic Books, 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [427]-499) and index.
Contents The city wakes. 1810 : The Berners Street Hoax ; Early to rise ; On the road ; Travelling (mostly) hopefully ; In and out of London -- Staying alive. 1861 : The Tooley Street Fire ; The world's market ; Selling the streets ; Slumming ; The waters of death -- Enjoying life. 1867 : The Regent's Park Skating Disaster ; Street performance ; Leisure for all ; Feeding the streets ; Street theatre -- Sleeping and awake. 1852 : The funeral of the Duke of Wellington ; Night entertainment ; Street violence ; The red-lit streets to death -- Dickens' publications.
Summary "The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London. In only a few decades, the capital grew from a compact Regency town into a sprawling metropolis of 6.5 million inhabitants, the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology--railways, street lighting, and sewers--transformed both the city and the experience of city living, as London expanded in every direction. Now Judith Flanders, one of Britain's foremost social historians, explores the world portrayed so vividly in Dickens's novels, showing life on the streets of London in colorful, fascinating detail. 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, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chophouses 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"--Dust jacket.
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Homes and haunts -- England -- London.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Knowledge -- London (England)
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
London (England) -- In literature.
ISBN 9781250040213 (hardcover)
1250040213 (hardcover)

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