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London 1870-1914: A City at Its Zenith
This book conveys the excitement, diversity, and richness of London at a time when the city was arguably at the height of its power, uniqueness, and attraction. Balancing the social, the topographical, and the visible aspects of the great city, author Andrew Saint uses buildings, architecture, literature, and art as a way into understanding social and historical phenomena. While many volumes on Victorian London focus on poverty (an issue which is included in this book), the author here provides a broader picture of life in the city. It is enlivened with a rich line-up of colourful characters, including Baron Albert Grant; Henry Mayers Hyndman and his connections with Karl Marx, William Morris and George Bernard Shaw; John Burns; Octavia Hill; Aubrey Beardsley and the artistic bohemians; Alfred Harmsworth and the Garrett sisters; and includes insightful quotes on London by esteemed authors such as Trollope, Henry James, and Rudyard Kipling. Topics covered include: the creation of new neighbourhoods and roads; how the Victorians dealt with their housing crisis; why certain architectural styles were preferred; and the fashion for focusing on certain types of building.
2.59 cms H x 24.61 cms L x 17.6 cms W, 240 pages, Hardcover, February 2022.
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