The guardian back to home as well as books on science religion and travel mayhew turned to philanthropic o london labour and the london poor by henry mayhew is available in oxford . Mayhew conducted hundreds of interviews with londons street traders entertainers thieves and beggars which revealed that the two nations of rich and poor in victorian britain were much closer than many people thought by turns alarming touching and funny the pages of london labour and the london poor exposed a previously hidden world to . An extraordinary work of investigative journalism literature and sociology london labour and the london poor originated in a series of articles for a local newspaper and grew into a massive record of the daily life of victorian londons underclass by turns alarming touching and funny the pages of london labour and the london poor exposed a previously hidden world. He is also known for his work as a social researcher publishing an extensive series of newspaper articles in the morning chronicle that was later compiled into the book series london labour and the london poor 1851 a groundbreaking and influential survey of the citys poor. Henry mayhews dazzling cyclopoedia of london street life gave voice to the citys poor and has influenced writers from kingsley to larkin robert douglas fairhurst on the greatest victorian
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