The 'Arry Ballads: An Annotated Collection of the Verse Letters by Punch Editor E. J. Milliken

The 'Arry Ballads: An Annotated Collection of the Verse Letters by Punch Editor E. J. Milliken

ISBN-10:
0786423919
ISBN-13:
9780786423910
Pub. Date:
02/27/2006
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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The 'Arry Ballads: An Annotated Collection of the Verse Letters by Punch Editor E. J. Milliken

The romantic notion of the Cockney, the shrewd and slangy common man coming from nowhere and surviving by his wits, is best exemplified by E.J. Milliken’s character ’Arry and the verse letters or ballads he writes. The letters and stories, as well as the character of ’Arry, were Milliken’s vehicles for social criticism, namely the intolerance shown by the aristocracy. Those letters, colorful additions to Victorian history and humor, tell the story of ’Arry, a commoner who is enamored of the social hierarchy, and who is keenly aware how close the top and bottom rungs are. Central to the themes is the Cockney whose pride is his dialect.
Confidence in the face of the class system and withering social criticism make Milliken’s ’Arry ballads memorable. This work analyzes the Cockney ballads and contains extensive annotations. Each chapter is dedicated to a facet of the everyday life of the common man in Victorian England, including entertainment, travel, and politics. Each is prefaced with a short analytical history of the period which also places the letters in context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786423910
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2006
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1. Plaid “Ditters”: Swells and Blokes 3

2. ’Ot and Spicy Entertainment 27

3. Traveling “On the Continong” and at Home 73

4. “By Jingo”: Protecting the Homeland 104

5. The Blues: Women and ’Arry 145

6. Finale 177

Bibliography 189

Index 195

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