The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

notes on reading: social


A rather irrelevant picture.

Views of London labor and the London poor in The Pilgrims of Hope and Princess Casamassima; views of London in general. Architectural bleakness, blackness from coal fires, lack of greenery. Access to nature belongs to idealized agricultural workers (who never go hungry) and wealthy persons.

Cf. Beatrice Webb (amusing how V. Woolf does not like her – compares her to a desiccated spider at the center of a Fabian ‘web’), Dickens & Mayhew.

Finish Fiction and the Reading Public. See also Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain: 1914–1950; search brain for lingering memories of The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, which is a much better book than The Intellectuals and the Masses.

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From Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power:


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