Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-Gangs, Freakshows and Female Education

Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-Gangs, Freakshows and Female Education

Liza Picard


the sensible realities of lifestyle are not often defined in historical past books. To therapy this, and to meet her personal interest concerning the lives of our ancestors, Liza Picard immersed herself in modern resources - diaries and journals, almanacs and newspapers, executive papers and studies, suggestion books and memoirs - to envision the substance of existence in mid-18th century London. The attention-grabbing results of her study, Dr. Johnson's London introduces the reader to each side of that interval: from homes and gardens to move and site visitors; from occupations and paintings to excitement and amusements; from well-being and medication to intercourse, nutrients, and model. Stops alongside the best way concentrate on schooling, etiquette, public executions as well known leisure, and a melange of alternative ancient curiosities.

This booklet spans the interval from 1740 to 1770--very a lot town of Dr. Samuel Johnson, who released his nice Dictionary in 1755. It begins whilst the gin craze used to be gaining floor and ends previous to the United States ceased being a colony. In its mesmerizing evaluation of a thrilling period, Dr. Johnson's London brilliantly documents the strangeness and individuality of the past--and always reminds us of parallels with the current day.

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