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Henry Mayhew (1812–1887)

Autor/a de London Labour and the London Poor [abridged - Neuburg]

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Henry Mayhew had a varied career as a London writer of the mid-Victorian period. He was the son of a London solicitor, Joshua Mayhew, who reputedly was a rather tyrannous father. Apparently, Henry was a bitter disappointment to his father; the younger Mayhew had been educated at the Westminster mostra'n més School but, in objection to a flogging he had received, ran away from school and went to sea for a year. On his return, he was articled to his father but after three years, he abandoned the law to seek a career as a journalist and a dramatist. Mayhew achieved some early success as a dramatist, most notably with his 1834 farce, "The Wandering Minstrel." In the late 1830's, he was the joint editor of a successful satirical weekly, Figaro in London, and later helped to found Figaro's most significant and long-lived successor, Punch. Evidently, a fairly serious rift developed between Mayhew and his magazine colleagues, although the details of this falling-out remain a mystery---one of the many unanswered questions about Mayhew's life. Mayhew was never without financial worries, and, as a means of making quick money, he collaborated on a number of comic novels with his younger brother, Augustus (1826--75). Their most successful work is "The Greatest Plague of Life" (1847), which was issued in monthly numbers and proved very popular. They followed it with "Whom to Marry and How to Get Married" (1848); later Mayhew singly authored 1851, or, "The Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Sandbags 1851," (1851). Mayhew's attempt, in 1851, to publish the 82 "letters" he had written for the Morning Chronicle, in which he investigates the plight of London's urban poor, was a financial failure. They were issued in 1861, however, in four volumes under the title London Labour and the London Poor. It is for this classic work that Mayhew is today best known. In it, he unhesitatingly depicts the opprobrium under which most of the London working classes led their lives. In many ways, London Labour and the London Poor epitomizes the Victorian tendency to be simultaneously repulsed and fascinated by the working classes, the "Great Unwashed" huddled together in the urban centers of England. Along with Edwin Chadwick and J.P. Kay-Shuttleworth, Mayhew stands as one of the earliest of urban sociologists. Although recent years have witnessed an increase in interest in Henry Mayhew, a "definitive" biography remains to be written. The introductions to his work, notably John Rosenberg's preface to the Dover facsimile edition of London Labour and the London Poor and the essays framing the edition of "The Unknown Mayhew," are good sources of information. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Henry Mayhew

London Labour and the London Poor [abridged - Neuburg] (1985) — Writer — 343 exemplars
London characters and crooks (1995) 182 exemplars
London's Underworld (1950) — Writer — 142 exemplars
Of Street Piemen (1800) 136 exemplars
Mayhew's London (1951) — Writer — 131 exemplars
The Unknown Mayhew (1971) — Writer — 83 exemplars
Mayhew's Characters (1960) — Writer — 53 exemplars
Selections from London Labour and the London Poor (1965) — Writer — 46 exemplars
Tales from Victorian London (2013) 2 exemplars
Punch, Volume X 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Bleak House [Norton Critical Edition] (1977) — Col·laborador — 307 exemplars
The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Col·laborador — 214 exemplars
The Victorian Underworld (1998) 194 exemplars
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Col·laborador — 177 exemplars

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Data de naixement
1812-11-25
Data de defunció
1887-07-25
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
UK
Lloc de naixement
London, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
London, UK
Llocs de residència
London, England, UK
Paris, France
Educació
Westminster School, London
Professions
journalist
sociologist
reformer
playwright
Relacions
Mayhew, Augustus (brother)
Organitzacions
Punch magazine (co-founder)

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This copy has been given to Lisa Davy, prize for neatness, punctuality & deportment, Xmas '75.
 
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jon1lambert | Mar 10, 2024 |
I was supposed to be reading chapters 1 and 5 and skimming chapter 4 for my course, but have been defeated. I was briefly interested in the sub-sections on the lives of costermongers, and I am heartened by Mayhew's realization that the best way to improve the 'morality' of the poor is not to give them tracts they can't read. But... then I was bored and got bogged down in the rest. Hopefully the course materials will bring this to life. I understand it was initially published section by section and that would make it more readable.… (més)
 
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pgchuis | Sep 27, 2023 |
Short essays about the life some of the working class in the Victorian London. Interesting read although sometimes full with dry details.
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TheCrow2 | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Aug 17, 2023 |

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