First published in 1971, this collection of short stories, set in the East End of London in the 1890s, offers a corrective to the view of nineties’ literature as dominated by aestheticism, and shows how many late Victorian writers tried to break with Dickensian models and write of working class life with less moral intrusion and a greater sense of realism.
The editor has provides a succinct, historical and critical introduction, a bibliography of further reading, notes on the authors and stories, and a glossary of slang and phoneticized words. This book will be of particular interest to students of Victorian literature.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; A Street Arthur Morrison; The Record of Badalia Herodsfoot Rudyard Kipling; Lizerunt Arthur Morrison; The St George of Rochester Henry Nevinson; Sissero’s Return Henry Nevinson; Lou and Liz George Gissing; The First and Last Meeting of the M.S.H.D.S. Edwin Pugh; A Small Talk Exchange Edwin Pugh; The Inevitable Thing Edwin Pugh; At the Dock Gate Arthur St John Adcock; Young Alf Clarence Rook; Concerning Hooligans Clarence Rook; Billy the Snide Clarence Rook; Slang and Phoneticized Words; Bibliographical Note