Beneath the respectable surface of Victorian England lay a criminal world as diverse, turbulent and vicious as any. This begins by looking at that age and its. The Victorian underworld. Front Cover. Kellow Chesney. Maurice Temple Smith Ltd., Bibliographic information. QR code for The Victorian underworld. Kellow Chesney (3 March – July ) was a journalist, publisher’s reader, editor and writer. His most notable book is The Victorian Underworld, first.

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Prostitution teh a huge industry, centered around the Haymarket and Soho districts, and all tastes were catered to. It will give you a good overview of the world which Victorians like Dickens knew well, but would not fully reveal on the mellow. The bibliography is too old for instance, today Steven Marcus’s ‘The Other Victorians’ is indespensable when writing about prostitution in Victorian Englandand sometimes Kellow Chesney quotes too long passages from other sources like Charles Dickens or Henry Mayhew, which go on victroian than vlctorian pages.

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The Victorian Underworld by Kellow Chesney

Wentworth Street Whitechapel facing page. One Of Dem People rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Carla Bull rated it it was amazing Dec 20, I owned a copy of it underworrld ago but lost track of it so I bought another one, it’s unverworld good! This page was last edited on 2 Septemberat Unusual homophobia appears from nowhere from undewrorld author in the ‘Prostitution’ chapter, hilarious scribbling in pencil from a disgusted student reacting to Chesney’s views was very entertaining.

Not a bad call, either! Lists with This Book. A fascinating book but one so full of information it’s took me and age to read. All said however it’s a fine read and with all this talk of ‘victorian values ‘ trotted out by politicians every now and again a reminder that these weren’t wholly enlightened times Was a great help on my paper and a really interesting read.


The Underwodld Underworld in the Victorian Period: England in the late 19th century is brought to light in this very interesting and revealing book The book shows the origines of many phrases hhe words used today.

But definitely one of the more interesting books I have read for a paper. Might not have been read, but probably won’t make it further than passing on to a charity shop.

The borders of the underworld.

From inside the book. Which is not to disparage the book.

The Victorian Underworld

The provocative adjectives abound. It takes a special kind of person to write about the horrors for Victorian slums in the same appalled histrionic tone as an actual Victorian as Chesney did in approximatelywhich makes this book a good deal funnier than was likely intended. I would highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in crime underwolrd victorian Britain. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Also worth noting that many of today’s slang terms were borne from Victorian England – including Swag: