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Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. This book is a guide to the London novel, starting with its origins in the Victorian metropolis and moving through to the present day and the revival of London writing. It includes an examination of the occult tradition, London noir, the disaster novel, and the rise of psychogeography, and features both recognized classics and the work of lost London writers. From Bleak House to Hawksmoor, from Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde to White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings, London has continued to generate a series of fantastic visions, and Merlin Coverley traces their genesis and influence in this volume.
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What do writers such as Charles Dickens and Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair and Robert Louis Stevenson have in common? The answer lies in the use these authors make of London as a fictional setting. Yet in these works and in those of other London writers the city is much more than merely a backdrop, instead becoming a character in its own right and creating a sense of place that is both a reflection and a reworking of the city. Here London is presented as a living organism, a huge and mysterious labyrinth, and the source of endless imagination. A whole world is contained by the city and within it.
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