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Michael Mason

19 August 1993
City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late Victorian London 
by Judith Walkowitz.
Virago, 353 pp., £16.99, November 1992, 1 85381 517 9
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Cruelty and Companionship: Conflict in 19th-century Married Life 
by James Hammerton.
Routledge, 236 pp., £37.50, November 1992, 0 415 03622 4
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Victorian Scandals: Representations of Gender and Class 
edited by Kristine Ottersen Garrigan.
Ohio, 337 pp., $34.99, August 1992, 0 8214 1019 9
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... Dyos and Wolff elevated Victorian urban images to an equal standing with urban realities, and into a relationship with the latter which is avowedly complex. Now, two decades down the line, I see that JudithWalkowitz, in City of Dreadful Delight, routinely puts terms such as ‘reality’, ‘truth’, and ‘facts’ in quotation marks. She doesn’t explain this usage. It is no doubt meant to gesture ...

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