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Paperback The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London Book

ISBN: 1250068266

ISBN13: 9781250068262

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

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The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London, which, in only a few decades, grew from a compact Regency town into the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology-railways, street-lighting, and sewers-transformed both the city and the experience of city-living. From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822,...

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3.5 stars for content; small deductions for the arrangement of the voluminous material (but don't le

This is a superb reference for anyone who wants to write about, learn about, or get ideas for beginning any sort of research on urban life in the Victorian Age. If you're keen on history as I am, it's also an enjoyable recreational read. (I occasionally read particularly wild trivia out loud to my kids, who were gleefully impressed with the mental image of politicians, source of so many untoward smells, being forced to flee 'The Great Stink.') My deduction of stars reflects a small complaint; there is so much material, the arrangement feels awkward at times as the author strives to balance chronology and diverse topics.
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