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The People of the Abyss

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108064552


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  • In the summer of 1902, respected American author Jack London (1876–1916), previously known for his descriptions of life during the Klondike Gold Rush, spent two months living 'down by the docks' in London's East End among the city's poorest residents. During this time he often slept in workhouses or on the streets, seeing first-hand how the impoverished struggled daily for adequate food, clothing and shelter while the rest of the city lived in relative prosperity - a prosperity which the author believed was gained at the expense of the poor. One of the earliest eyewitness descriptions of life in the slums of London, this book would influence later socially minded authors such as George Orwell. The text is also illustrated with photographs of the places and people mentioned, offering an important insight into the living conditions of the poor at the dawn of the twentieth century.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108064552
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The descent
    2. Johnny Upright
    3. My lodging and some others
    4. A man and the abyss
    5. Those on the edge
    6. Frying-Pan Alley and a glimpse of the inferno
    7. A winner of the Victoria Cross
    8. The carter and the carpenter
    9. The spike
    10. Carrying the banner
    11. The peg
    12. Coronation day
    13. Dan Cullen, docker
    14. Hops and hoppers
    15. The sea wife
    16. Property v. person
    17. Inefficiency
    18. Wages
    19. The ghetto
    20. Coffee-houses and doss-houses
    21. The precariousness of life
    22. Suicide
    23. The children
    24. A vision of the night
    25. The hunger wail
    26. Drink, temperance and thrift
    27. The management.

  • Author

    Jack London

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