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Blaylock/Powers Source for Historical London (Read 2494 times)
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Blaylock/Powers Source for Historical London
30. Aug 2004 at 06:39
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Blaylock and Powers have at various times cited a particular author as a priceless source for reference while researching their earlier Steampunk works -- Henry Mayhew.

The books by Mayhew which became an incredible ethnographic commentary and social history document were entitled "London Labour and London Poor", first published in 1851, and issued in a series of volumes.

I believe that K. W. Jeter likely first pointed Blaylock and Powers to Mayhew as an excellent research source. They all swear by it, so if anyone reading this is a hopeful steampunk writer, there is a wealth of stories and information in these volumes -- nearly every chapter of which could inspire a book!

The text is available free online from a number of sites:

Vol 1: costermongers and street-sellers:http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2000.01.0026&...

Vol 2: more street-sellers, cleansing, and sewer workhttp://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2000.01.0...

Vol 3: vermin destroyers, street entertainers, labourers, cabbies, vagrants
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2000.01.0028&...

Extra Volume: vice and beggars
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2000.01.0029&...


If you read much of Mayhew's stuff, you'll begin to notice quite a number of resonances from Blaylock's, Powers' and Jeters' stuff.  I also think I detect resonance in The Difference Engine, a steampunk effort by the cyberpunk-famed William Gibson and Bruce Stirling.

It's very interesting reading, all on it's own.
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Re: Blaylock/Powers Source for Historical London
Reply #1 - 30. Sep 2004 at 16:58
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Can't go wrong with Dicken's, either.  Check out Scetches by Boz (I think that's the title).  Also, Tristram Shandy is great fun.  There was another book I read years ago, but I couldn't afford to buy it at the time - I think it was a journal by a guy named Pepys?

Here - I looked it up and here is a site with extracts from  Pepys' diary:

http://www.pepysdiary.com/
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