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Underground Writing: The London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf

David Welsh


The purpose of this book is to explore the ways in which the London Underground was ‘mapped’ by a number of writers from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf. From late Victorian London to the end of World War II, ‘underground writing’ created an imaginative world beneath the streets of London. The real subterranean railway was therefore re-enacted in number of ways in writing, including as Dantean Underworld or hell, as a gateway to a utopian future, as psychological looking-glass or as place of safety and security. The book is a chronological study from the opening of the first underground in th ... More

Keywords: London Underground, mapping, underground writing, World War II, George Gissing, H.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781846312236
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315978


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Welsh, author