Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd, London, 2000. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Unknown London is an anthology of literature and graphic illustration that effectively defined a formative moment in the history of the metropolis. Over the period from 1815 to 1845, a relatively small number of authors, playwrights and illustrators, working within a bohemian literary culture, attempted innovatively to grasp the complex totality of the metropolis. They drew contradictorily upon previous genres, but used radical new devices to define their object of inquiry, simultaneously laying the foundation for the writings of Charles Dickens, Henry Mayhew and their successors. Works by Pierce Egan, George Smeeton, James Grant and W T Moncrieff in particular paved the way for early literary modernism. They inhabited a literary world increasingly concerned with opening the eyes of a new reading public to all levels of metropolitan life. Many of these authors experimented with the relationship between word and image, so establishing forms of pictorial realisation that became such an important feature of Victorian publishing. These factors contributed to widening the social range of the theatre, journalistic inquiry and the novel; specifically giving rise to the extraordinary output of 'problem' novels in the 1840s, the ascent of Dickens and the tradition of urban travel inspired by Mayhew. This collection of rare texts, most of which have been unavailable for at least a century, will be of special interest to academic communities exploring nineteenth-century British culture, particularly around the metropolis. It will appeal, therefore, to urban, cultural, art, theatre and literary historians, as well as students of Victorian studies and of Charles Dickens.
Product Description: This is an anthology of literature and graphic illustration that effectively defined a formative moment in the history of London.
Title: Unknown London : Early Modernist Visions of ...
Publisher: H Pickering
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: New
Book Description Routledge, 2000. Hardback. Book Condition: NEW. 9781851967308 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0962310