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

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
The Moving Pageant is the first annotated anthology of writings on London street life. It comprises nearly one hundred extracts from over two centuries of literary life, including pieces by:
* Alexander Pope
* Jonathan Swift
* Daniel Defoe
* Samuel Johnson
* Eliza Haywood
* Horace Walpole
* William Hazlitt
* William Wordsworth
* Charles Dickens
* Flora Tristan
* Edgar Allen Poe
* Charlotte Bronte
* Fyodor Dostoyevsky
* Octavia Hill
* Beatrice Potter
* Henry James
* Oscar Wilde
* Arnold Bennett
* Joseph Conrad
* H.G. Wells
The volume assembles a rich and varied selection of this abundance of writing, showing London as truly unique in its immensity, and, ultimately, supremely representative of our modern urban world in the making.
The Moving Pageant comes complete with a superb editor's introduction, illustrations, and biographical and critical commentaries on each of the writers' entries. It also displays many genres and styles of writing, and includes street-ballads, music-hall songs, excerpts from novels, epic poems, and documentary accounts of riots and executions, as well as descriptions of state pageants and processions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART II
11
PART I
26
Tom Brown from Amusements Serious and Comical 1700
29
Edward Ward from The London Spy 1700
31
The Alley by 1709
33
Jonathan Swift A Description of a City Shower 1710
35
Z C von Uffenbach from Curious Travels in Belgium Holland and England 171011
37
Alfred Lord Tennyson In Memoriam VII 1850
130
Charlotte Bronté from Villette 1853
131
Charles Dickens from Bleak House 1853
132
His Fifty Years of Exile 1855
134
Charles Dickens from A Nightly Scene in London 1856
135
Charles Manby Smith from The Little World of London 1857
138
Nathaniel Hawthorne from The English Notebooks 1857
140
Another Unfortunate from Letter to The Times 1858
141

Richard Steele from A Discourse Upon Wenches The Spectator 1712
40
Richard Steele from The Hours of London The Spectator 1712
41
Dudley Ryder from Diary 171516
44
John Gay from Trivia or the Art of Walking The Streets of London 1716
47
Daniel Defoe from Moll Flanders 1722
51
César de Saussure from A Foreign View of England 172530
52
Horace Walpole from Letter to Sir Horace Mann 1742
55
Samuel Johnson from Life of Savage 1744
56
Eliza Haywood from The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless 1751
58
or One Half the World Knons Not How the Other Half Live 1752
60
William Whitehead The Sweepers 1754
62
James Boswell from London Journal 1763
66
Pierre Jean Grosley from A Tour to London 17667
67
Horace Walpole from Letter to Sir Horace Mann 1768
69
Tobias Smollett from The Expedition of Humphry Clinker 1771
71
George Crabbe from The Poets Journal 1780
73
Sophie van la Roche from Diary 1786
75
William Blake London 1794
77
Charles Lamb from A Londoner 1802
78
William Wordsworth from The Prelude Book VII 1805
79
Robert Southey from Letters from England 1807
84
Public Entry of Mr Hunt into London The Statesman 1819
87
Pierce Egan the elder from Life in London 1821
89
Thomas De Quincey from Confessions of an OpiumEater 1821
91
William Hazlitt from On Londoners and Country People 1823
94
Robert Mudie from Babylon the Great 1825
96
Heinrich Heine from English Fragments 1828
98
Thomas De Quincey from The Nation of London Autobiographical Sketches 1834
100
Francis Place The Street Charing Cross 1835
102
PART III
105
Flora Tristan from London Journal 1840
106
William Makepeace Thackeray from Going to See a Man Hanged 1840
108
Charles Dickens from Master Humphreys Clock 1841
112
John Fisher Murray from The World of London 1843
114
Edgar Allan Poe from A Man of the Crowd 1845
117
G W M Reynolds from The Mysteries of London 1845
119
Charles Dickens from Dombey and Son 1848
122
Angus Reach from The Lounger in Regent Street 1849
123
Henry Mayhew from Letter I to the Morning Chronicle 1849
126
Henry Mayhew from Watercress Girl London Labour and the London Poor 1851
127
George Augustus Sala from Twice Round the Clock 1859
143
Fyodor Dostoyevsky from Winter Notes on Summer Impressions 1863
145
A J Munby from Diaries 18634
147
Robert Buchanan from Nell 1866
151
Matthew Arnold West London 1867
153
Anon Three Broadsides 1871
154
Hippolyte Taine from Notes on England 1872
160
PART IV
165
William Hale White from Mark Rutherfords Deliverance 1885
167
W T Stead from The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon Pall Mall Gazette 1885
169
Beatrice Potter from Diary 1886
172
George Gissing from Thyra 1887
174
Margaret Harkness from Out of Woré 1888
176
Henry James from London 1888
178
George Gissing from The Nether World 1889
180
Amy Levy London in July 1889
183
Arthur Morrison from A Street 1891
184
Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Gray 1891
186
Charles Booth from Labour and Life of the People 1891
188
W E Henley from London Voluntaries 1892
190
J P de Oliveira Martins from The England of Today 1893
192
Charlotte Mew from Passed 1894
194
John Davidson from A Woman and Her Son 1897
196
Arnold Bennett from A Man From The North 1898
198
Clarence Rook from The Hooligan Nights 1899
200
Edgar Bateman and Eustace Baynes Two MusicHall Songs 1901
202
F G Masterman from From The Abyss 1902
205
Sigurd Frosterus from London Rhapsody 1903
208
A Book of Aspects 1903
211
Ford H Hueffer from The Soul of London 1905
213
Olive C Malvery from The Soul Market 1906
215
Beckles Willson George R Sims from Which is the Most Interesting London Street? 1907
217
Joseph Conrad from The Secret Agent 1907
220
H G Wells from TomoBungay 1909
223
H G Wells from Ann Veronica 1909
226
Yoshio Markino from A Japanese Artist in London 1910
228
The March Through London Manchester Guardian 1913
230
Bibliography
235
Index
242
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Rick Allen is Principal Lecturer in English at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.

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