- Date Finished: Sept. 4, 2011
- Genre: Nonfiction; History; Literary Criticism
- Year: 1999
- Project: n/a
- Reading List: Summer 2011
- Got It: Part of my end-of-employment haul at Half-Price Books
- Quick thoughts on finishing: Is it nerdy of me to say that I really, really enjoyed this book? I did think it would be more narrative-like and was a little disappointed the entire thing read like an essay I would read for a college English course. However, I actually like reading those essays and this seemed like it came from a really cool English class — the seminar course that’s always full, leaving you to take Restoration Poetry instead. This book is a quick and dirty (hehe) take on the pick-pockets, prostitutes, gamblers and crime lords of early 19th century London, as well as a history of the police force created in order to control it. If you’re interested in the world of Pride and Prejudice and Vanity Fair (like I am), it’s definitely worth it.
- Grade: B+