Henry Mayhew

Henry Mayhew was a nineteenth-century English journalist, social researcher, and advocate for the poor. He co-founded the satirical magazine 'Punch' in 1841, and is best known for his work 'London Labour and the London Poor', a groundbreaking and influential survey that documented the lives of the working class in London. His work is recognized for its detailed observations and its early use of interviews in social research.


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  1. 1. London Labour and the London Poor

    This book provides a comprehensive look into the lives of the working poor in 19th century London. The author offers an in-depth analysis of the socio-economic conditions of the time, detailing the struggles and hardships faced by the city's lower classes. The book includes interviews with a wide range of people, from street-sellers and chimney sweeps to beggars and thieves, offering a vivid and often grim picture of Victorian London. It is considered an important social document for its first-hand account of the realities of urban poverty.

    The 5738th Greatest Book of All Time