The People of the Abyss, Paperback

The People of the Abyss Paperback



A profound and moving piece of investigative journalism, The People of the Abyss, Jack London's study of East London's underworld remains, a century after it was written, a timely tale of poverty and injustice. Best known for his fiction such as White Fang and The Call of the Wild, Jack London was also a passionate social activist.

In 1902, he purchased some second-hand clothes, rented a room in the East End, and set out to discover how the London poor lived.

His research makes shocking reading. Moving through the slums as one of the poor; eating, drinking and socialising with the underclass; queuing to get into a doss-house, London was scandalised and brutalised by the experience of living rough in Britain's capital.

His clear-eyed reflections on the iniquities of class are a shaming testament to the persistence of social inequality in modern Britain.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 244 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781843914501



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