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

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Oxford University Press, UK, 26.07.2007 - 256 Seiten
This book will entertain and inform all who are interested in literature, history, and the city of London. Readers will take a walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of eighteenth-century London in an unusual way. Nine experts offer accessible and stimulating interpretations of John Gay's poem Trivia: or the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716). The text of this lively, funny poem about urban life accompanies the essays. Gay's wit, slang, stories, and rhymes paint a vibrant picture of London in an exciting and thought-provoking way. - ;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. - ;There is much to enjoy in this volume. The text of the poem itself is a sound one, [and] the commentary, far fuller than anything currently available, will be useful. - Henry Power, Times Literary Supplement

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Biography in the City
27
Susan E Whyman Sharing Public Spaces
43
Movement in the City
62
Urheberrecht

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Clare Brant is a Department of English at King's College, London. Susan E. Whyman is an Independent Scholar, formerly at Princeton University.

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