The People of the Abyss

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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James Williams
It is written with the smoldering anger of turn-of-the-century revolutionary socialism. There are no gray shadings in London's economic world. There is only the evil of capitalism and the saintly suffering of the poor. The rich had had their stories told in mass periodicals, and London felt it was time to let the ignored speak. He thus wrote the biographies of the people who have been exploited by imperialism and capitalism. This is the book that counters the Horatio Alger story. For every Alger, for every Rockefeller, there is a mass of sufferers whose plight enabled the speedy rise to wealth of a few. In its sociological and journalistic documentation of poverty is a call for direct action. Wealth blinds, and London makes us see. With this reprinting of London's incredibly important and readable book, Pluto Press and London remind us of how economic exploitation must always be fought, that we must always be educated in the lives of the unfortunate.
Jack London
No other book of mine took so much of my young heart and tears as that study of the economic degradation of the poor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781314246728
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 6/22/2013
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist Jack London (1876–1916) is best remembered for The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and his numerous other tales of travel and adventure. Alexander Masters is an author, screenplay writer, and worker with the homeless. He is the writer and illustrator of the award-winning Stuart: A Life Backwards.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The descent; 2. Johnny Upright; 3. My lodging and some others; 4. A man and the abyss; 5. Those on the edge; 6. Frying-Pan Alley and a glimpse of the inferno; 7. A winner of the Victoria Cross; 8. The carter and the carpenter; 9. The spike; 10. Carrying the banner; 11. The peg; 12. Coronation day; 13. Dan Cullen, docker; 14. Hops and hoppers; 15. The sea wife; 16. Property v. person; 17. Inefficiency; 18. Wages; 19. The ghetto; 20. Coffee-houses and doss-houses; 21. The precariousness of life; 22. Suicide; 23. The children; 24. A vision of the night; 25. The hunger wail; 26. Drink, temperance and thrift; 27. The management.
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