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Sep. 11th, 2017 11:42 am
muccamukk: Girl sitting on a forest floor, reading a book and surrounded by towers of more books. (Books: So Many Books)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I am, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, looking for the most depressing thing written in England in the 1860s-1890s.

I'm talking about like a grim dark novel on the devastation of industrialism, a report on the conditions of life in Whitechaple, Published letters about the status of women in Ireland, Top Five Things Wrong With Empire: A Pamphlet. It can be condemning bad things happening, or from the point of view of the people doing the bad things who don't care. Either way, Something that one would read and feel like hiding under a blanket with tea was really the only thing to be done against the overwhelming horror of life.

Under 200 pages would be ideal, since I'm going to have to read this in a hurry.

Date: 2017-09-11 07:27 pm (UTC)
naraht: (Default)
From: [personal profile] naraht
Engels "Condition of the Working Class in England" is a bit early for you, 1845.

Testimony from Ashley's Mines Commission is also from the 1840s, as were a lot of the other really shocking inquiries into labour conditions http://www.victorianweb.org/history/ashley.html

If you want some sensationalist journalism, Maiden Tribute?

Rowntree's "Poverty" is a bit too late for you, 1901: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty,_A_Study_of_Town_Life

Sorry not to be able to hit the mark more precisely!


Date: 2017-09-11 09:18 pm (UTC)
watersword: Keira Knightley, in Pride and Prejudice (2007), turning her head away from the viewer, the word "elizabeth" written near (Default)
From: [personal profile] watersword
Wilkie Collins' Man and Wife (1870) might fit the bill. Hardy's 1895 Jude the Obscure is depressing as fuck but kind of long, iirc.

Date: 2017-09-11 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I admire your dedication to sparkle motion!

Date: 2017-09-11 10:52 pm (UTC)
cyphomandra: boats in Auckland Harbour. Blue, blocky, cheerful (boats)
From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
(here via friends of friends) Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm (1883) depressed my entire 19th century English Novel class, but although I think she was in England when she wrote it it's not set there. Jack London's People of the Abyss is 1903, probably inspires anger as much as depression?

Date: 2017-09-12 09:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chelseagirl
I just want to say that I'm impressed by your flist! This is what I studied in grad school, but it's been awhile now, and they've thought of everything that remains in my distracted brain.
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