Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Victorian City by Judith Flanders

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London by Judith Flanders --- 424 pages plus notes, bibliography and index.

While Flanders has researched this meticulously as a scholar, the style and approach is definitely friendly toward the general reader. If you enjoy English history, if you enjoy novels and films set in nineteenth century London, if you enjoy exploring cities, if you are fascinated by the eccentricities of the Victorians, or if you love Dickens, this is a fascinating compendium of information about the city and its many neighborhoods and their inhabitants. Flanders describes how much the city changed over Dickens' lifetime, as London grew from a relatively compact eighteenth century town of about one million inhabitants into a sprawling metropolis of 6.5 million people, the largest city in the world, by the end of the nineteenth century.

Click HERE to read a review of The Victorian City.

Click HERE to see a collection of early photographs of London street life in the nineteenth century.

Click HERE to watch a short video tour of London hosted by Judith Flanders.

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