London Labour and the London Poor

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 528 pages
Author: H. Mayhew & V. Neuburg
Year: (c1850) 2012
ISBN: 9780199697571
Other: sketches
Publisher: Oxford University Press

'London Labour and the London Poor' originated in a series of newspaper articles written by the great journalist Henry Mayhew between 1849 and 1850. A dozen years later, it had grown into the fullest picture we have of labourers in the greatest city of the nineteenth century.

It is an account of the hopes, customs, grievances and habits of the working-classes that allows them to tell their own stories.

Combining practicality with compassion, Mayhew worked unencumbered by political theory, focusing on the lives of the London poor, their occupations and trades. This selection shows how well he succeeded. From costermongers to ex-convicts, from chimney-sweeps to vagrants, the underprivileged of London are uniquely brought to life - their plight expressed through through a startling blend of first-person accounts, Mayhew's perceptions and sharp statistics.

This new selection offers a cross-section of the original volumes and their evocative illustrations, and includes an illuminative introduction to Henry Mayhew and the genesis and influence of his work.

List of Illustrations
Notes on the Text and Illustration
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Henry Mayhew
London Labour and the London poor

Volume 1: The London Street-Folk
- Of the London Street-Folk
- Costermongers
- Street-Sellers of Fruit and Vegetables
- Street-Sellers of Eatables and Drinkables
- Street-Sellers of Stationery, Literature and the Fine Arts
- Street-Sellers of Manufactered Articles
- Children Street-Sellers

Volume 2: The London Street-Folk (continued)
- Street-Sellers of Secon-Hand Articles
- Street-Sellers of Mineral Productions and Natural Curiosities
- Street-Buyers
- Street-Finders or Collectors
- Chimney-Sweepers
- Crossing-Sweepers

Volume 3: The London Street-Folk (concluded)
- Destroyers of Vermin
- Street Exhibitors
- Street Musicians
- Street Artists
- Exhibitors of Trained Animals
- Skilled and Unskilled Labour
- Cheap Lodging-Houses
- London Omnibus-Drivers and Conductors
- London Vagrants

Volume 4: Those That Will Not Work
- Introduction and Classification
- Prostitution in London
- Thieves and Swindlers
- Beggars and Cheats
Appendix 1. Money and the Cost of Living
Appendix 2. Map of London c.1848
Appendix 3. 'A Table Showing the Qusntity of Reguse Bought, Collected or Found in thje Streets of London'
Appendix 4: 'A Visit to the Cholera Districts of Bermondsey'
Explanatory Notes

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