Blurring of identity featured prominently in Life in London, disguise forming an integral part of the low-life sprees and the general flow of infiltrators between different social spheres. This reinforces Egan’s affinity with theatrical performance. Containing slang dialogue, and depicting reprobate behaviour, this text, like the Boxiana series, courted censure and controversy.

Byron writing to Moore (1814): ‘Half of the Scotch and Lake troubadours, are spoilt by living in little circles and petty societies. London and the world is the only place to take the conceit out of a man – in the milling phrase’.
(Byron’s Letters and Journals)