The 19th Century Underworld

Crime, Controversy & Corruption

Stephen Carver

**Underworld** n. 1. the part of society comprising those who live by organized crime and immorality. 2. the mythical abode of the dead under the earth.
Date Published :
February 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781526707543
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$39.95
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526751676
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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Overview
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**Underworld** n. 1. the part of society comprising those who live by organized crime and immorality. 2. the mythical abode of the dead under the earth.

Take a walk on the dark side of the street in this unique exploration of the fears and desires at the heart of the British Empire, from the Regency dandy’s playground to the grim and gothic labyrinths of the Victorian city. Enter a world of gin spinners, sneaksmen and Covent Garden nuns, where bare-knuckled boxers slog it out for dozens of rounds, children are worth more dead than alive, and the Thames holds more bodies than the Ganges. This is the Modern Babylon, a place of brutal poverty, violent crime, strong drink, pornography and prostitution; of low neighbourhoods and crooked houses with windows out like broken teeth, wraithlike urchins with haunted eyes, desperate, ruthless and vicious men, and the broken remnants of once fine girls: a grey, bleak, infernal place, where gaslights fail to pierce the pestilential fog, and coppers travel in pairs, if they venture there at all.

Combining the accessibility of a popular history with original research, this book brings the denizens of this vanished world once more to life, along with the voices of those who sought to exploit, imprison or save them, or to simply report back from this alien landscape that both fascinated and appalled: the politicians, the reformers, the journalists and, above all, the storytellers, from literary novelists to purveyors of penny dreadfuls. Welcome to the 19th century underworld…

About The Author
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Dr Stephen Carver is a cultural historian, freelance editor and novelist. For sixteen years, he taught literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, spending three years in Japan as Professor of English at the University of Fukui. Stephen has published extensively on 19th century literature and history; he is the author of The 19th Century Underworld: Crime, Controversy and Corruption, and Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner, a historical novel about the wreck of the Birkenhead.

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