The Moving Pageant: A Literary Sourcebook on London Street Life, 1700-1914

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1998-06-18
  • Publisher: Routledge

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From the beginning of the eighteenth century to the First World War, London was unique in its immensity. Its overall size, growth rate, and the increasingly dense crowds were matched by the outpouring of writing about this great city. The Moving Pageantassembles a varied selection of writing on London, including pieces which evoke the physical and social atmosphere of the bustling streets of London. It is arranged chronologically and has a range of writers from the famous to the forgotten, including Daniel Defoe, Oscar Wilde, and Charlotte Bronte, among others. Providing a contextual and analytical overview of the material, Richard Allen's introduction is particularly insightful. A truly unique collection,The Moving Pageantis the first annotated anthology to appear on London street-life that has the historical range, diversity of material and informative commentary that is included here.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
'Amusements Serious and Comical'
Amusements Serious and Comical (1700)p. 29
The London Spy (1700)p. 31
'Spenser: The Alley' (by 1709)p. 33
'A Description of a City Shower' (1710)p. 35
Curious Travels in Belgium, Holland and England (1710-11)p. 37
['A Discourse Upon Wenches'], The Spectator (1712)p. 40
['The Hours of London'], the Spectator (1712)p. 41
Diary (1715-16)p. 44
Trivia, or the Art of Walking The Streets of London (1716)p. 47
Moll Flanders (1722)p. 51
[A Foreign View of England ...] (1725-30)p. 52
Letter to Sir Horace Mann (1742)p. 55
Life of Savage (1744)p. 56
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751)p. 58
Low Life: or One Half the World Knows Not How the Other Half Live (1752)p. 60
'The Sweepers' (1754)p. 62
London Journal (1763)p. 66
A Tour to London (1766-7)p. 67
Letter to Sir Horace Mann (1768)p. 69
'A Mask of Maniacs'
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771)p. 71
'The Poet's Journal' (1780)p. 73
Diary (1786)p. 75
'London' (1794)p. 77
'A Londoner' (1802)p. 78
The Prelude, Book VII (1805)p. 79
Letters from England (1807)p. 84
The Statesman (1819)p. 87
Life in London (1821)p. 89
Confessions of an Opium-Eater (1821)p. 91
'On Londoners and Country People' (1823)p. 94
Babylon the Great (1825)p. 96
English Fragments (1828)p. 98
'The Nation of London', Autobiographical Sketches (1834)p. 100
'The Street Charing Cross' (1835)p. 102
'The Attraction of Repulsion'
Nicholas Nickleby (1839)p. 105
London Journal (1840)p. 106
'Going to See a Man Hanged' (1840)p. 108
Master Humphrey's Clock (1841)p. 112
The World of London (1843)p. 114
'A Man of the Crowd' (1845)p. 117
The Mysteries of London (1845)p. 119
Dombey and Son (1848)p. 122
'The Lounger in Regent Street' (1849)p. 123
'Letter I' to the Morning Chronicle (1849)p. 126
'Watercress Girl', London Labour and the London Poor (1851)p. 127
In Memoriam VII (1850)p. 130
Villette (1853)p. 131
Bleak House (1853)p. 132
Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile (1855)p. 134
'A Nightly Scene in London' (1856)p. 135
The Little World of London (1857)p. 138
The English Notebooks (1857)p. 140
Letter to The Times (1858)p. 141
Tivice Round the Clock (1859)p. 143
Winter Notes on Summer Impressions (1863)p. 145
'Diaries' (1863-4)p. 147
'Nell' (1866)p. 151
'West London' (1867)p. 153
Three 'Broadsides' (1871)p. 154
Notes on England (1872)p. 160
'In Darkest England and Some Ways out'
'Space for the People' (1875)p. 165
Mark Rutherford's Deliverance (1885)p. 167
'The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon', Pall Mall Gazette (1885)p. 169
'Diary' (1886)p. 172
Thyrza (1887)p. 174
Out of Work (1888)p. 176
'London' (1888)p. 178
The Nether World (1889)p. 180
'London in July' (1889)p. 183
'A Street' (1891)p. 184
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)p. 186
Labour and Life of the People (1891)p. 188
London Voluntaries (1892)p. 190
The England of Today (1893)p. 192
'Passed' (1894)p. 194
'A Woman and Her Son' (1897)p. 196
A Man From The North (1898)p. 198
The Hooligan Nights (1899)p. 200
Two Music-Hall Songs (1901)p. 202
From The Abyss (1902)p. 205
'London Rhapsody' (1903)p. 208
London: A Book of Aspects (1903)p. 211
The Soul of London (1905)p. 213
The Soul Market (1906)p. 215
'Which is the Most Interesting London Street?' (1907)p. 217
The Secret Agent (1907)p. 220
Tono-Bungay (1909)p. 223
Ann Veronica (1909)p. 226
A Japanese Artist in London (1910)p. 228
From 'Miss Davison's Funeral: The March Through London', Manchester Guardian (1913)p. 230
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