Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

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Clare Brant, Susan E. Whyman
OUP Oxford, 15.01.2009 - 272 Seiten
Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London will entertain and inform all who are interested in literature, history, and the city of London. This unique book invites the reader to walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of eighteenth-century London in an unusual way. Nine leading experts from the fields of literature, history, classics, gender, biography, geography, and costume, offer different interpretations of John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716). The poem - a lively, funny, and thought-provoking statement about urban life - accompanies the essays, in a new edition with comprehensive notes. The introduction paints a vibrant picture of London in 1716, depicting Gay's fascinating life and literary world, offering an invaluable guide to the poem. Together, these elements allow the heat, grime, and smells of the underbelly of eighteenth-century London come alive in new ways.
 

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INTRODUCTION
1
THE ESSAYS
25
TRIVIA OR THE ART of WALKING THE STREETS OF LONDON
169
Note on the Poem Text
219
Notes to the Poem
220
Select Bibliography
246
Index
250
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