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Daily Life in Johnson’s London
Richard B. Schwartz

“A rich, fascinating, enlightening if sometimes slightly terrifying tableau of real life in one of the world’s most celebrated cities.”
Los Angeles Times

“Rich in facts and anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to 18th-century London and a wonderful companion for readers of Johnson and Boswell. . . . Schwartz starts with the sights, sound, and smells of the metropolis—a city of steeples, chimneys, coal smoke, and intolerable street noise—and surveys in succession Work and Money, Pastimes and Pleasures, Daily Routines and Domestic Life, Travel and Transportation, and Health and Hygiene and concludes with a gallery of street ‘Londoners,’ an independent and assertive lot, notably insolent to foreigners, especially those in French clothes.”
Washington Post Book World

“Outstanding. . . . The author packs a remarkable quantity of detail into a small space, even including a discussion of price and wage figures that will be intelligible to Americans [today]. . . . His prose is lucid, graceful, lively. Generously illustrated, the book also includes an extensive bibliography.”

“An excellent source for English Literature and history students studying this period or Samuel Johnson.”

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cover of Daily Life in Johnson's London is a red tinged engraving of a cockfight in Johnson's London

LC: 83-050080 DA
218 pp.  6 x 8  76 illus.

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