The Covent Garden Ladies: Pimp General Jack & The Extraordinary Story of Harris' List

The Covent Garden Ladies Pimp General Jack The Extraordinary Story of Harris List The Covent Garden Ladies tells the story of Samuel Derrick Jack Harris and Charlotte Hayes whose complicated and colorful lives were brought together by the publication of Harris List an infamous

  • Title: The Covent Garden Ladies: Pimp General Jack & The Extraordinary Story of Harris' List
  • Author: Hallie Rubenhold
  • ISBN: 9780752428505
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Covent Garden Ladies tells the story of Samuel Derrick, Jack Harris, and Charlotte Hayes, whose complicated and colorful lives were brought together by the publication of Harris List, an infamous guidebook of prostitutes which detailed addresses, physical characteristics and specialties The true history of the book is a tragicomicedy motivated by poverty, passionatThe Covent Garden Ladies tells the story of Samuel Derrick, Jack Harris, and Charlotte Hayes, whose complicated and colorful lives were brought together by the publication of Harris List, an infamous guidebook of prostitutes which detailed addresses, physical characteristics and specialties The true history of the book is a tragicomicedy motivated by poverty, passionate love, aspiration, and shame Its telling plunges the reader down the dark alleys of 18th century London s underworld, a realm populated by tavern owners, pimps, punters, card sharps, and of course, a colorful range of prostitutes and brothel keepers.

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    1. This is a great little book. I'd heard of Harris's List from my studies of the period at university, and had read some extracts from it. This book traces the interweaving stories of three of the people involved in its production, and in doing so, introduces a lot of other personalities and explores a lot of the issues. There are a lot of the usual problems in writing social history of the poor - the relative lack of documentary evidence, and the propensity of people to change their names, does m [...]

    2. The title did not do justice to this book. Indeed, it almost kept me from reading it. What it is is a group biography of three people involved with prostitution in mid-1700s London. The author weaves their stories together in a way that illuminates their sordid world.Rubenhold manages to find a way of telling this story that avoids both prurience and fingerpointing, letting the story arouse our outrage instead of telling us to be outraged. She gives us the information we need to draw our own con [...]

    3. FascinatingA fascinating breath taking journey back in time. The author really takes you back to the 18th century. Never has history been so real. Highly recommended

    4. Another reminder why nostalgia is a crock: for most people in the past, life was really shitty. Rubenhold uses a book, Harris' List of Covent Garden Ladies, as a peg on which to hang her evocation of London't seedy underbelly in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The two men most responsible for the book, which was basically a guidebook to the available prostitutes in and around the Covent Garden area, were John Harrison (aka Jack Harris), Pimp General of London, and Samuel Derrick, a fa [...]

    5. Like Hallie's other book, 'Lady Worsley's Whim', this is an excellent study of a period of time quite fascinating and in many ways contradictory to that of modern times, in all aspects of accepted social form, etiquette and moral outrage. In fact, it constantly makes you wonder if we have the right to be so forthright in our views sometimes when it comes to things like chastity and monogamy and what Hallie brilliantly does, and specifically in this book, is really open up an intense and fascinat [...]

    6. Their are to many, tpyos in this book. It makes me mad - didn't anyone read the manuscript before it went to print? It also didn't appear to be a particularly well written or well researched book. There was too much conjecture from the author, with too much 'we don't really know what happened to so and so' and 'so and so must have felt like this' - not very impressive from a historiographical point of view. However, the compilation of entries from Harris' List in the middle of the book was reall [...]

    7. A thoroughly researched and interesting account of the three main characters behind the 18th century publication 'Harris's List'. Brings alive the reality of life for people (especially women) with no family or friends to support them. Very readable.

    8. Commissioned by me at Tempus Publishing (now the History Press). Only book I've ever commissioned at a wedding This was the author's first book, I couldn't afford her second (Lady Wolsey's Whim).

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