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Darkness and Daylight; or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life

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Darkness and Daylight by Lyman Abbott is a thought-provoking exploration of life in New York City during the late 19th century. Through a series of vignettes and character studies, Abbott sheds light on the moral, social, and economic struggles faced by individuals living in the bustling metropolis.

The book delves into the contrasts between the darkness and daylight of New York life, highlighting the stark disparities between the privileged and the impoverished. Abbott's descriptive prose vividly brings to life the bustling streets, crowded tenements, and opulent mansions of the city, painting a complex portrait of a society grappling with issues of inequality, corruption, and greed.

One of the most striking aspects of Darkness and Daylight is Abbott's deep empathy for his subjects, from the downtrodden working class to the wealthy elite. Through his compassionate portrayals, Abbott challenges readers to confront their own prejudices and preconceptions about poverty, wealth, and social class.

While some may find Abbott's moralizing tone and occasional didacticism heavy-handed, his message of compassion, empathy, and social justice remains relevant and powerful today. Darkness and Daylight is a timeless work that shines a light on the enduring struggles and triumphs of humanity in the face of adversity.

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A Pictorial Record of Personal Experiences by Day and Night in the Great Metropolis, with hundreds of thrilling anecdotes and incidents, sketches of life and character, humorous stories, touching home scenes, and tales of tender pathos, drawn from the bright and shady sides of the great under world of New York. By Mrs. Helen Campbell, City Missionary and Philanthropist; Col. Thomas W. Knox, Author and Journalist; and Supt. Thomas Byrnes, Chief of NY Police and Detectives. With highly interesting descriptions of little known phases of New York life; and an account of Detective Byrnes' thirty years' experiences and reminiscences written by himself from his private diary. With an introduction by Rev. Lyman Abbott, D.D., Pastor of Plymouth Church.

This volume aims to give scrupulously exact descriptions of life and scenes in the great metropolis under three different aspects: 1st, "As Seen by a Woman;" 2d, "As Seen by a Journalist;" 3d, "As Seen and Known by a Chief of the New York Detective Bureau." - Summary by Book title and preface

Published in 1897. The source text contains over 250 sketches and illustrations, which the listener is encouraged to enjoy along with the audio.

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