by Lee Jackson

LEE JACKSON is an author and historian with an abiding interest in the social history and geography of Victorian London.

He is the creator of the website The Dictionary of Victorian London, a massive compilation of primary sources charting the social history of the nineteenth century metropolis.

His previous non-fiction book Dirty Old London (Yale, 2014) was described by The Times as 'a tightly argued, meticulously researched history of sanitation that reads like a novel'; and by the New York Times as 'utterly engrossing'. His latest book Palaces of Pleasure (Yale, 2019) examines the Victorians' invention of mass entertainment. Chapters focus on the gin palace, music hall, dance halls, pleasure gardens, exhibitions, football and the seaside. Recent press reviews describe it as 'lively and superbly researched' (The Times) and 'a scholarly but intoxicating book' (Sunday Times).

Interview about Palaces of Pleasure with Paul Ross TalkRadio [15 min]

Read a review of Palaces of Pleasure on the Victorian Web.

Lee is currently working on a PhD at Royal Holloway University, in conjunction with the Dickens Museum, entitled Dickensland. This will examine both the evolution of "Dickens' London" as an imaginative space and its importance to contemporary Dickensian literary/heritage tourism.   |