London in Literature

The city of London has long been a source of inspiration for prose and poetry, polemic and performance. This collection looks at the diverse ways in which writers have portrayed the capital, from the majestic beauty of Wordsworth’s Westminster Bridge, via Dickens’ grimy underworld of pickpockets and slums, to the impressionistic modernity of Mrs Dalloway’s London.

Shakespeare’s London

Chartered Streets

Romantics and Revolution

‘A bit of life’ in London

Dickens and the criminal underworld

Slums, street-sellers and sewer-hunters

Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

221b Baker Street

Virginia Woolf’s London

Why is London Like Budapest?