In The Doom of the Great City (1880), William DeLisle Hay depicts London suffocating under a cloud of pollution. The late 19th century saw a number of novels in which natural or supernatural disasters transform the world. Some of these works were a reaction to the oppressive industrial pollution that seemed likely to make major cities uninhabitable.
- Article by:
- Mike Ashley
- Visions of the future
Disease, famine, pollution and peculiar weather seemed to threaten human survival in the 19th century. Mike Ashley considers the apocalyptic literature that this climate of uncertainty produced.