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Charles Dickens

(1812—1870) novelist

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English novelist, whose first tour of the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) is described in his American Notes for General Circulation (1842), and furnished the background for portions of Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–44). He visited the U.S. again (Nov. 1867–April 1868), when he presented a popular series of readings in Eastern cities.

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