The Church Standard Volume 92

The Church Standard Volume 92

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...that one may receive will depend upon the accounts of it that he may happen to have read, and they are nearly always one-sided. As the essayist of the Spectator says, "The slum novel has inspired a sort of cult which still endures; 'toil, envy, want, the patron and the jail' are the sum of such gloomy pictures as Mr. Morrison's or of the indignation of Mr. Jack London. Then there is the cheerfulness of Mr. Peddridge, the dry riverside humor of Mr. Jacobs and the less sophisticated appeal of Mr. Chevalier. There are innumerable flashlight views and surface impressions in the daily press, and in all these voices, no doubt, one may sometimes catch an echo of the real thing. They rehearse for us certain aspects as certain men see them. No doubt, too, there are tragedies, there are humors, there is pathos enough and to spare many times over in the East End. But is life there all tragic, or all ludicrous, or all pathetic? Is it even all gray, as some writers suggest? Certain crimes, certain misfortunes, gain greatly in literary effect from an East End setting. But they are not typical, they are in most cases not even normal. Heroism, romance and humor underlie mean lives everywhere; one need not go to Whitechapel to starve, to Hoxton to rob, or to Wapping to lie. A great part of slum fiction strikes essentially a false note. It turns the chances and changes of all mortal life into the commonest and most representative happenings of East London. There are exceptions, doubtless, but readers and reviewers too frequently receive such works as true and lively pictures of everyday existence east of the City gates." Such, though greatly condensed, is the substance of the opening paragraphs of a very instructive essay, and we subjoin some...
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  • Paperback | 1034 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 52mm | 1,805g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851862
  • 9781236851864