Published in 1890, "How The Other Half Lives" was an instant best seller in the United States. This critical edition is based on the 1901 edition of the work, provided by The Jacob A. Riis Collection of the Museum of the City of New York. 'Contexts' includes a section on Riis in his own words in addition to his contemporaries' reaction to the reporter and his book. 'Criticism' consists of nineteen critical essays on urban issues, photography and Jacob Riis. A chronology and bibliography are included.