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.
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 beginning a PhD at
Royal Holloway University, in
conjunction with the
Dickens Museum, entitled
examine both the evolution of "Dickens' London" as an imaginative space
and its importance to contemporary Dickensian literary/heritage tourism.