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In Victorian London, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, household rubbish went uncollected, cesspools brimmed with 'night soil', graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, the air itself was choked with smoke. In this intimately visceral book, Lee Jackson guides us through the underbelly of the Victorian metropolis, introducing us to the men and women who struggled to stem a rising tide of pollution and dirt, and the forces that opposed them. Through thematic chapters, Jackson describes how Victorian reformers met with both triumph and disaster. Full of individual stories and overlooked details - from the dustmen who grew rich from recycling, to the peculiar history of the public toilet - this riveting book gives us a fresh insight into the minutiae of daily life and the wider challenges posed by the unprecedented growth of the Victorian capital.
'The squalor of Victorian London was proverbial. Lee Jackson's revelatory clean-up goes behind the headlines to allow us to see not just what, but why, London was so dirty.'
- Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
Publication date: 03/10/2014
Publisher: Yale University Press
|Publication date:||3rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,|
A well-known Victorianist, Lee Jackson is the author of Walking Dickens' London, Victorian London, editor of A Dictionary of Victorian London, and a number of historical crime novels; and creator of the preeminent website on Victorian London (www.victorianlondon.org). He lives in London.More About Lee Jackson