The People of the Abyss Synopsis
The story of The People of the Abyss by Jack London is written as a firsthand experiences of the author’s visit to the east end of London, England. Jack recounts the life of the poor in the slums of east London.
See also: White Fang, The Iron Heel, When God Laughs, and Martin Eden by Jack London
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In this classic work, London recounts the conditions of the people living in the Whitechapel District. Where he too up residence for a few weeks in the year of 1902. This work comes from his attempt to understand the working class lifestyle.
His drive to understand this lifestyle he would sleep in the workhouses, or out in the streets. He would also stay with a poor family for a time. It is estimated that over 50,000 lived in the slums in these conditions.
George Orwell read The People of the Abyss as a teen. He was so inspired by the piece that he would dress as a derelict in the 1930’s. And he would make expeditions into the poor end of London. Through this inspiration Orwell authored bother The Road to Wigan Pier, and Down and Out in Paris and London.