London Stories

London Stories

Book - 2014
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"London has the greatest literary tradition of any city in the world. Its roll call of storytellers includes cultural giants like Shakespeare, Defoe, and Dickens, and an innumerable host of writers of all sorts who sought to capture the essence of the place. Acclaimed historian Jerry White has collected some twenty-six stories to illustrate the extraordinary diversity of both London life and writing over the past four centuries, from Shakespeare's day to the present. These are stories of fact and fiction and occasionally something in between, some from well-known voices and others practically unknown. Here are dramatic views of such iconic events as the plague, the Great Fire of London, and the Blitz, but also William Thackeray's account of going to see a man hanged, Thomas De Quincey's friendship with a teenaged prostitute, and Doris Lessing's defense of the Underground. This literary London encompasses the famous Baker Street residence of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and the bombed-out moonscape of Elizabeth Bowen's wartime streets, Charles Dicken's treacherous River Thames and Frederick Treves's tragic Elephant Man. Graham Greene, Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark, and Hanif Kureishi are among the many great writers who give us their varied Londons here, revealing a city of boundless wealth and ragged squalor, of moving tragedy and riotous joy. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)"-- Provided by publisher
"An anthology of short fiction and nonfiction about the city of London from the past four centuries, edited by historian Jerry White"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780375712463
0375712461
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: White, Jerry 1949-- Editor
Other Standard Identifier: 40023903300

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ser_library Jul 29, 2015

wonderful stories, but I would have appreciated some background on the authors, the stories, and a map or 2

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