How the Other Half Lives
Second Edition   ©2011

How the Other Half Lives

Jacob A. Riis , David Leviatin

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-57401-0; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-57401-7; Format: Paper Text

Jacob Riis's famed 1890 photo-text addressed the problems of tenement housing, immigration, and urban life and work at the beginning of the Progressive era. David Leviatin edited this complete edition of How the Other Half Lives to be as faithful to Riis's original text and photography as possible. Uncropped prints of Riis's original photographs replace the faded halftones and drawings from photographs that were included in the 1890 edition. Related documents added to the second edition include a stenographic report of one of Riis's lantern-slide lectures that demonstrates Riis's melodramatic techniques and the reaction of his audience, and five drawings that reveal the subtle but important ways Riis's photographs were edited when they were reinterpreted as illustrations in the 1890 edition. The book's provocative introduction now addresses Riis's ethnic and racial stereotyping and includes a map of New York's Lower East Side in the 1890s. A new list of illustrations and expanded chronology, questions for consideration, and selected bibliography provide additional support.
“The introduction and the quality illustrations set this version apart from the free versions available on the Web and make it worth asking students to buy.”
-- Georgiana Hickey, University of Michigan-Dearborn