London Labour and the London Poor
London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of articles, later published in four volumes, written for the Morning Chronicle in 1849 and 1850 when journalist Henry Mayhew was at the height of his career. Mayhew aimed simply to report the realities of the poor from a compassiona...more
I've always thought of cities as these massive, churning processes that are completely beyond comprehension, but Mayhew wasn't having ...more
London Labour and the London Poor is Henry Mayhew’s classic investigation into the lives of nineteenth century street traders, who made their living making, finding and selling things on the streets of London.
For me, the best aspect of the book were the portraits of individuals based on interviews. All of Mayhew’s subjects speak in their own voices. The eight year old cress seller, the clothing salesman describing his dodges, the penniless old woman nursing her dying husband, and the toshers fin ...more