‘The Wrongs and Crimes of the Poor’: the Urban Underworld of The Mysteries of London in Context

In his literary memoir of 1852, Lions: Living and Dead, John Ross Dix attributed the prodigious popularity of The Mysteries of London to the fact that the penny serial ‘ministered to the depraved appetites of the lower classes,’ while ‘murders, seductions, robberies, horrors of all sorts, spiced with the abuse of the upper orders, formed… Continue reading ‘The Wrongs and Crimes of the Poor’: the Urban Underworld of The Mysteries of London in Context

The Man who wasn’t Dickens: A Profile of G.W.M. Reynolds (1818 – 1879)

‘If  “Mr G.W. Reynolds” be the Mr. Reynolds who is the author of the Mysteries of London, and who took the chair for a mob in Trafalgar Square before they set forth on a window-breaking expedition,’ wrote Charles Dickens in 1849, ‘I hold his to be a name with which no lady’s, and no gentleman’s,… Continue reading The Man who wasn’t Dickens: A Profile of G.W.M. Reynolds (1818 – 1879)