Selected Journalism, 1850-1870


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, ...

See more details below
$16.22 price
(Save 18%)$20.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $11.40   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   
Sending request ...


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.

Read More Show Less

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.


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.

Read More Show Less
    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

Select Bibliography
A Note on the Texts
A Dickens Chronology
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)
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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)