The Oxford Book of London

By: Bailey, Paul

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All great cities inspire great literature, but no other city has so consistently stimulated the literary imagination as London. Over the centuries writers, poets, historians, artists, and simple observers have chronicled the life and growth of the capital from its humble beginnings to the teeming metropolis it is today. In his sparkling anthology Paul Bailey has captured the essence of London's allure for visitors and inhabitants--from the Middle Ages to the present day--with wit, humor, and pathos.
Among the many contributors are those whose evocations of the city have forever fixed it in the popular mind: Charles Dickens's descriptions of fogbound London streets, the bustle and hustle of the Victorian city; Ben Jonson's satires on London low life from 1616; William Wordsworth rhapsodizing on the view from Westminster Bridge; George Bernard Shaw's archetypal Cockney, Eliza Doolittle. Less well known but equally vivid are descriptions of everyday life for the down and out and the aristocrat, of the museums, theaters, galleries and churches, the restaurants and pubs, the parks and institutions, the topography of London mapped out in unforgettable verse and prose. The great set pieces, Daniel Defoe's description of the Plague year, John Evelyn's and Samuel Pepys's daily records of the Great Fire, join eyewitness accounts of coronations and funerals, unequaled in their immediacy. The bemusement of foreign visitors, the joys and horrors of London buses and the London Underground, the sprawl of the suburbs and the excitement of the city, all add to the dazzling panorama.
Beginning in 1180 or thereabouts, with a monk named William Fitzstephen enumerating the delights of the capital, and ending in the present day, The Oxford Book of London offers an unparalleled introduction and tribute to this fascinating city. Armchair travellers, anyone planning to visit London, and those interested in fine writing will gain a sense of the ways in which the city has grown and changed over eight centuries.

Title: The Oxford Book of London

Author Name: Bailey, Paul

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 1996-04-25

ISBN Number: 0192141929

ISBN Number 13: 9780192141927

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 0192141929-01