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The Resource Nightwalking : a nocturnal history of London : Chaucer to Dickens, Matthew Beaumont

Nightwalking : a nocturnal history of London : Chaucer to Dickens, Matthew Beaumont

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Nightwalking : a nocturnal history of London : Chaucer to Dickens
Title
Nightwalking
Title remainder
a nocturnal history of London : Chaucer to Dickens
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Beaumont
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A literary portrait of the poets, novelists and thinkers who have shone a light on the shadowy world of London at night. New in paperback.
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StDuBDS
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1972-
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Beaumont, Matthew
Dewey number
942.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DA677
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • European history
  • Literary studies: general
  • English
  • Literature: history & criticism
  • United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
  • History
Summary expansion
"Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night," wrote the poet Rupert Brooke. Before the age of electricity, the nighttime city was a very different place to the one we know today-home to the lost, the vagrant and the noctambulant. Matthew Beaumont recounts an alternative history of London by focusing on those of its denizens who surface on the streets when the sun's down. If nightwalking is a matter of "going astray" in the streets of the metropolis after dark, then nightwalkers represent some of the most suggestive and revealing guides to the neglected and forgotten aspects of the city.In this brilliant work of literary investigation, Beaumont shines a light on the shadowy perambulations of poets, novelists and thinkers: Chaucer and Shakespeare; William Blake and his ecstatic peregrinations and the feverish ramblings of opium addict Thomas De Quincey; and, among the lamp-lit literary throng, the supreme nightwalker Charles Dickens. We discover how the nocturnal city has inspired some and served as a balm or narcotic to others. In each case, the city is revealed as a place divided between work and pleasure, the affluent and the indigent, where the entitled and the desperate jostle in the streets.With a foreword and afterword by Will Self, Nightwalking is a captivating literary portrait of the writers who explore the city at night and the people they meet
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Nightwalking : a nocturnal history of London : Chaucer to Dickens, Matthew Beaumont
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Publication
Note
Originally published: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0025577048
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xii, 484 pages
Isbn
9781784783785
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
Label
Nightwalking : a nocturnal history of London : Chaucer to Dickens, Matthew Beaumont
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0025577048
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xii, 484 pages
Isbn
9781784783785
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)

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