Selected Journalism, 1850-1870

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A testament to the energy and creativity of a writer and journalist without equal, Charles Dickens's Selected Journalism 1850-1870 is edited with an introduction and notes by David Pascoe in Penguin Classics. Throughout his writing career Charles Dickens was a hugely prolific journalist. This volume of his later work is selected from pieces that he wrote after he founded the journal Household Words in 1850, up until his death in 1870. Here subjects as varied as his nocturnal walks around London slums, prisons, ...

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Overview

A testament to the energy and creativity of a writer and journalist without equal, Charles Dickens's Selected Journalism 1850-1870 is edited with an introduction and notes by David Pascoe in Penguin Classics. Throughout his writing career Charles Dickens was a hugely prolific journalist. This volume of his later work is selected from pieces that he wrote after he founded the journal Household Words in 1850, up until his death in 1870. Here subjects as varied as his nocturnal walks around London slums, prisons, theatres and Inns of Court, journeys to the continent and his childhood in Kent and London are captured in remarkable pieces such as 'Night Walks', 'On Strike', 'New Year's Day' and 'Lying Awake'. Aiming to catch the imagination of a public besieged by hack journalism, these writings are an extraordinary blend of public and private, news and recollection, reality and fantastic description. David Pascoe's introduction traces the development of Dickens's career as a journalist and examines his fusion of real events with flights of fancy. This edition also includes explanatory notes, a bibliography and a Dickens chronology. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed Selected Journalism 1850 - 1870, you might like Dickens's Sketches by Boz, also available in Penguin Classics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140435801
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 1,366,593
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens

DAVID PASCOE is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He has also edited Thackeray's The Newcomers for Penguin Classics.

Biography

Born on February 7, 1812, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a family burdened with financial troubles. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.

In 1824, young Charles was withdrawn from school and forced to work at a boot-blacking factory when his improvident father, accompanied by his mother and siblings, was sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Once they were released, Charles attended a private school for three years. The young man then became a solicitor's clerk, mastered shorthand, and before long was employed as a Parliamentary reporter. When he was in his early twenties, Dickens began to publish stories and sketches of London life in a variety of periodicals.

It was the publication of Pickwick Papers (1836-1837) that catapulted the twenty-five-year-old author to national renown. Dickens wrote with unequaled speed and often worked on several novels at a time, publishing them first in monthly installments and then as books. His early novels Oliver Twist (1837-1838), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), and A Christmas Carol (1843) solidified his enormous, ongoing popularity. As Dickens matured, his social criticism became increasingly biting, his humor dark, and his view of poverty darker still. David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860-1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific period.

In 1858 Dickens's twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public's favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health. Working feverishly to the last, Dickens collapsed and died on June 8, 1870, leaving The Mystery of Edwin Drood uncompleted.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of David Copperfield.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles John Huffam Dickens (full name) "Boz" (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1812
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, England
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1870
    2. Place of Death:
      Gad's Hill, Kent, England

Table of Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography
A Note on the Texts
A Dickens Chronology
Personal
A Christmas Tree (Household Words, 21 December 1850)
Our School (Household Words, 11 October 1851)
Lying Awake (Household Words, 30 October 1852)
Where We Stopped Growing (Household Words, 1 January 1853)
Gone Astray (Household Words, 13 August 1853)
An Unsettled Neighbourhood (Household Words, 11 November 1854)
Personal (Household Words, 12 June 1858)
New Year's Day (Household Words, 1 January 1859)
Dullborough Town (All the Year Round, 30 June 1860)
Night Walks (All the Year Round, 21 July 1860)
Chambers (All the Year Round, 18 August 1860)
Nurse's Stories (All the Year Round, 8 September 1860)
Some Recollections of Mortality (All the Year Round, 16 May 1863)
Birthday Celebrations (All the Year Round, 6 June 1863)
Travelling Abroad
A Narrative of Extraordinary Suffering (Household Words, 12 July 1851)
Our Watering-Place (Household Words, 2 August 1851)
A Flight (Household Words, 30 August 1851)
Fire and Snow (Household Words, 21 January 1854)
Our French Watering-Place (Household Words, 4 November 1854)
Out of Town (Household Words, 29 September 1855)
Railway Dreaming (Household Words, 10 May 1856)
Out of the Season (Household Words, 28 June 1856)
Refreshments for Travellers (All the Year Round, 24 March 1860)
Travelling Abroad (All the Year Round, 7 April 1860)
Shy Neighbourhoods (All the Year Round, 29 September 1860)
Arcadian London (All the Year Round, 29 September 1860)
The Calais Night (All the Year Round, 2 May 1863)
Chatham Dockyard (All the Year Round, 29 August 1863)
Sleep to Startle Us
A Walk in a Workhouse (Household Words, 25 May 1850)
Detective Police (Household Words, 27 July and 10 August 1850)
A Paper-Mill (Household Words, 31 August 1850)
Three 'Detective' Anecdotes (Household Words, 14 September 1850)
Railway Strikes (Household Words, 11 January 1851)
Bill-Sticking (Household Words, 2 March 1851)
Spitalfields (Household Words, 5 April 1851)
On Duty with Inspector Field (Household Words, 14 June 1851)
A Curious Dance Round a Curious Tree (Household Words, 17 January 1852)
A Sleep to Startle Us (Household Words, 13 March 1852)
A Plated Article (Household Words, 24 April 1852)
Down with the Tide (Household Words, 5 February 1853)
H. W. (Household Words, 16 April 1853)
A Nightly Scene in London (Household Words, 26 January 1856)
Wapping Workhouse (All the Year Round, 3 February 1860)
A Small Star in the East (All the Year Round, 19 December 1868)
On an Amateur Beat (All the Year Round, 27 February 1869)
Insularities
Pet Prisoners (Household Words, 27 April 1850)
A Poor Man's Tale of a Patent (Household Words, 19 October 1850)
Lively Turtle (Household Words, 26 October 1850)
Red Tape (Household Words, 15 February 1851)
A Monument of French Folly (Household Words, 8 March 1851)
Trading in Death (Household Words, 27 November 1852)
Proposals for Amusing Posterity (Household Words, 12 February 1853)
On Strike (Household Words, 11 February 1854)
To Working Men (Household Words, 7 October 1854)
Insularities (Household Words, 19 January 1856)
The Demeanour of Murderers (Household Words, 14 June 1856)
Nobody, Somebody, and Everybody (Household Words, 30 August 1856)
The Murdered Person (Household Words, 11 October 1856)
The Best Authority (Household Words, 20 June 1857)
Amusements of the People
The Amusements of the People (Household Words, 30 March and 13 April 1850)
Some Account of an Extraordinary Traveller (Household Words, 20 April 1850)
Old Lamps for New Ones (Household Words, 15 June 1850)
The Ghost of Art (Household Words, 20 July 1850)
Epsom (Household Words, 7 June 1851)
Betting-Shops (Household Words, 26 June 1852)
The Spirit Business (Household Words, 7 May 1853)
The Noble Savage (Household Words, 11 June 1853)
Frauds on the Fairies (Household Words, 1 October 1853)
Gaslight Fairies (Household Words, 10 February 1855)
Well-Authenticated Rappings (Household Words, 20 February 1858)
Please to Leave Your Umbrella (Household Words, 1 May 1858)
In Memoriam W. M. Thackeray (Cornhill Magazine, February 1864)
Explanatory Notes

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