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American Notes for General Circulation

Travel account by Dickens, published in 1842. Dickens visited the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) in a tour that took him from Boston and New York to Canada and as far west as St. Louis. His book is ...

American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
Length:
91 words

... Notes for General Circulation , travel account by Dickens , published in 1842 . Dickens visited the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842 ) in a tour that took him from Boston and New York to Canada and as far west as St. Louis. His book is almost wholly descriptive, and does not attempt to analyze institutions. He wrote in a complimentary fashion about much of America, but antagonized many readers by criticizing the penal system, the lack of copyright and hence the pirating of English works, and the entire system of slavery and its...

American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation   Reference library

F. S. Schwarzbach

The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
Length:
1,123 words

... Notes for General Circulation As Dickens readied himself to set off for the United States aboard the steamship Britannia early in January 1842 , he studied several recent accounts of travel in America —those of James Silk Buckingham , Frederick marryat , and Harriet martineau ( see travel ; travel literature ). No doubt, like any eager traveller, he was deciding what places to visit, preparing himself for new experiences, learning about local customs and manners, and so on. But almost as certainly he was thinking already about the travel book...

American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation  

Travel account by Dickens, published in 1842. Dickens visited the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) in a tour that took him from Boston and New York to Canada and as far west as St. Louis. His book is almost ...
Publishing

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
6,242 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

... ( 1821 ). Both were denied legal protection on the grounds of their blasphemous and seditious content, thereby enabling a host of predatory publishers to produce cheap pirate editions. Part of the reason for Byron's extraordinary circulation figures was precisely the inability of his legal publishers to prevent such piracy. Piracy might have been a problem for law-abiding British publishers, particularly because of the difficulty of policing the activities of systematic operators like Patrick Byrne ( fl. 1789–1802 ), who worked out of the lively provincial...

Frances Trollope

Frances Trollope  

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Literature
(1780–1863),mother of A. Trollope. When her family was reduced to poverty she supported them by her writing. After the failure of their farm at Harrow (later to appear in her son Anthony's Orley ...
John Leech

John Leech  

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(1817–64),caricaturist and illustrator, a friend of Thackeray and of Dickens, whose A Christmas Carol and other Christmas books he illustrated. From 1841 until his death he contributed to Punch ...
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne  

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Literature
(1804–64),American novelist and short story writer. His stories were collected in Twice‐Told Tales (1837), Mosses from an Old Manse (1846), and The Snow‐Image and Other Twice‐Told Tales (1851); he ...
Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens  

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(1812–70),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 ...
William Charles Macready

William Charles Macready  

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Literature
(1793–1873)English actor and manager. In 1816 he made his London debut and soon established himself as a major actor. Before his first period of management Macready had played many ...
Daniel Maclise

Daniel Maclise  

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(bapt. Cork, 2 Feb. [b ?25 Jan.] 1806; d London, 25 Apr. 1870).Irish painter and caricaturist, active for almost all his career in London, where he moved in 1827 to study at the Royal Academy. An ...
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson  

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Literature
(1803–82) The American transcendentalist had scruples about the morality of Shakespeare's plays, but his essay ‘Shakspere; or, the Poet’ in Representative Men (1850) also reveals great admiration for ...
collections of Dickens materials

collections of Dickens materials  

Printed editions of Dickens's works published in his lifetime, especially first editions in their original serial instalments, often command high prices from dealers. But for the most part such ...
travel and exploration

travel and exploration  

Expanded dramatically during the 19th century. Partly this resulted from vastly improved technologies of travel, the railway and the steamship most obviously, but also through new networks of roads ...
law and legal institutions

law and legal institutions  

The law has long been the butt of writers, artists, and popular culture, quick to seize upon the disjunction between its lofty claims and its debased reality. Dickens drew freely ...
amateur theatricals of Dickens

amateur theatricals of Dickens  

Dickens's first piece of writing, Misnar, Sultan of India, was a drama based very closely on his favourite childhood reading, The Arabian Nights. Fairly certainly, its 9-year-old author wrote it not ...
Englishness, Dickens's

Englishness, Dickens's  

‘Boz is a truly national author—English to the backbone’, wrote the Quarterly Review (June 1839) in one early attempt to explain his popularity. The next year Thomas Hood was praising ...
journalist, Dickens as

journalist, Dickens as  

For so much of the 20th century Dickens studies have revolved around assessing and reassessing Dickens the novelist that perhaps inevitably assessments of Dickens as a journalist, if they have ...
novelist and man of letters, Dickens as

novelist and man of letters, Dickens as  

One extraordinary consideration for the modern commentator looking at Dickens's posthumous reputation as the greatest English novelist is that, at the outset, neither he nor his contemporaries ...
Pictures from Italy

Pictures from Italy  

Records Dickens's residence in Italy from July 1844 to June 1845 and was clearly intended to defray some of the costs of the expedition. The first third of the book ...
reviews and reviewing

reviews and reviewing  

From the beginning, Dickens's reputation was not esoterically derived; the weighty critical reviews came after his popularity was already a recognized phenomenon.From December 1833 Dickens published ...

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