In London Labour and the London Poor (1861) Henry Mayhew wrote, “Of all books, perhaps none has ever had so baneful effect upon the young mind, taste, and principles” as Jack Sheppard. An historical novel based on the exploits of John Sheppard, a thief who was executed in 1724, Jack Sheppard was blamed for inciting working-class crime and vagrancy for decades after its 1839 publication. ... This Broadview edition includes the original George Cruikshank illustrations, as well as a rich selection of contemporary reviews of the novel and material on the historical Jack Sheppard, Victorian urban street culture, and the novel’s popular theatrical adaptations.
William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882), Crime fiction, English literature, Victorian period, Urban street culture
Fiction | Literature in English, British Isles
Ainsworth, William Harrison; Jacobs, Edward H. (Editor); and Mourão, Manuela (Editor), "Jack Sheppard" (2007). English Faculty Bookshelf. 14.