Henry mayhews dazzling cyclopoedia of london street life gave voice to the citys poor and has influenced writers from kingsley to larkin robert douglas fairhurst on the greatest victorian . An extraordinary work of investigative journalism literature and sociology london labour and the london poor originated in a series of articles for a local newspaper and grew into a massive record of the daily life of victorian londons underclass by turns alarming touching and funny the pages of london labour and the london poor exposed a previously hidden world. He is also known for his work as a social researcher publishing an extensive series of newspaper articles in the morning chronicle that was later compiled into the book series london labour and the london poor 1851 a groundbreaking and influential survey of the citys poor. Henry mayhews london labour and the london poor is a collection of some of the best descriptive writing in the english language the articles from which it is composed consider the working lives of the doomed and dispossessed underclass of the 19th century capital in brutally stark terms
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