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Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Clare Brant and Susan E. Whyman


This book is about literature and history, and the city of London. It invites the reader to walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of 18th-century London in an unusual way. Nine leading experts from the fields of literature, history, classics, gender, biography, geography, and costume, offer different interpretations of John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716). The poem — a lively, funny, and thought-provoking statement about urban life — accompanies the chapters. The introduction paints a vibrant picture of London in 1716, depicting Gay's fas ... More

Keywords: London, John Gay, poem, urban life, literature, 18th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clare Brant, editor
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, King's College London

Susan E. Whyman, editor
Independent Historian, formerly Princeton University