The People of the Abyss

Jack London

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The People of the Abyss is a non-fiction book written by American author Jack London, first published in 1903. In this book, London provides a firsthand account of the impoverished and destitute conditions of the East End of London in the late 19th century. He spent several weeks living in the slums and working-class neighborhoods of London, attempting to understand the lives of the people living in extreme poverty. London's book vividly describes the squalid living conditions, overcrowded housing, rampant disease, and the struggles of the working-class residents of the East End. He also delves into the causes of poverty, such as unemployment, low wages, and social inequality, and highlights the harsh realities faced by those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. The People of the Abyss serves as a powerful and eye-opening social commentary on the stark contrast between the wealthy and the impoverished in London during the early 20th century. The book also inspired George Orwell to later write The Road to Wigan Pier.

This book has 62,282 words, 112 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1903.

Production notes: This ebook of The People of the Abyss was published by Global Grey in 2020, and updated on the 4th October 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Maquis of Montmartre seen from rue Caulaincourt in 1903' by Lazar Meyer.

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