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Victorian Underworld Unknown Binding – December 31, 1970


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Maurice Temple Smith Ltd; First Edition edition (December 31, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851170021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851170022
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Unknown Binding
Chesney's description of the Victorian underworld allows you to hear the swarm of swells, street hawkers and beggars on The Strand. You can smell the unsanitised alley ways, marvel at the criminal and criminally overcrowded "rookeries" full of the poor and sympathise with the prostitute. The poverty, hunger and cruelty is crushing. In compassionate and unsentimental fashion, Chesney pays tribute to these people for surviving at all in Victorian London. A wonderful, thought-provoking book. You can almost catch a fleeting glimpse of Dickens on his night walks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on April 28, 2005
Format: Unknown Binding
[The following review refers to the Penguin paperback edition reprinted in 1991.]

First published in 1970, 'The Victorian Underworld' by Kellow Chesney still remains informative in its own way, telling us about the criminal world hidden beneath the facede of Victorian prudishness, but to some readers, especially the readers who have already some knowledge about this nether world, the book is too general and looks even cursory. Not that Kellow Chesney (about whom I know nothing) didn't homework. It is that the book covers too many topics about which we have come to know more thanks to the scholarly efforts done after the book was originally published.

The book contains the following chapters: 1) The Mid-century; 2) The Borders of the underworld; 3) The wanderers; 4) Citadels of the underworld; 5) Gonophs, footpads and the swell mob; 6) Cracksman and fences; 7) Beggars; 8) Magsmen, macers and shofulmen; 9) The sporting underworld; 10) Prostitution. The book comes with many illustrations, plus glossary of colloquial words, which is very helpful and interesting to read.

I said 'criminal world' but the fact is that the panorama you see here is not restricted to them. Some works are more legitimate though ill-paid, and the term 'underworld' is used quite inclusively. So this book re-creates the life of various kind of people -- traveling circus, child theives and fences (ala 'Oliver Twist'), religious fakes, boxers and promotors, etc. The list goes on and on, but what is most impressive is that there are sub-divisions or minor categories in each of them. You should not use a broad word 'prostitutes' when thinking about the night life in London for some of them are totally different type from the others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Ryan on October 9, 2013
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This book is a story of the impacts of the first industrial revolution on low income, working men and women in England.
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