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This is the classic nineteenth-century book on London Street Cries. It is an accessible introduction to street cries. The book is well illustrated. It understands street cries as forming a literature that illuminates aspects of London history and life -- that of the poor -- in a way that no other literature does. There is a wealth of information to be gleaned from street cries -- and also a great deal of pleasure in the sounds and imagery of what are really an early example of "found poems."