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By Henry Mayhew

Unflinching stories of London’s negative from a prolific and influential English writer

London Labour and the London Poor originated in a sequence of articles, later released in 4 volumes, written for the Morning Chronicle in 1849 and 1850 while journalist Henry Mayhew was once on the top of his profession. Mayhew aimed just to record the realities of the bad from a compassionate and functional outlook. This penetrating choice indicates how good he succeeded: the underprivileged of London develop into terribly and sometimes shockingly alive.

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