American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation

by Charles Dickens
3.0 4
Pub. Date:
Cambridge University Press
Select a Purchase Option (Reissue)
  • purchase options
  • purchase options


American Notes for General Circulation

So wrote an exuberant Dickens shortly before his voyage to America in 1842. He was the most famous of many travellers of his time who journeyed to the New World, curious to find out about the revolutionary new civilization which had captured the English imagination. His frank, often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically uncomfortable sea voyage to his wonder at the Niagara Falls. In general Dickens is critical of what he saw as a society ruled by money and partly built on slavery, with unsavoury manners and a corrupt press. His unfavourable account provoked a hostile response in America and Britain, although he was to change his opinion later.

American Notes can be read as a journey in the long-established tradition of Chaucer, Bunyan or Swift -- as a progress to knowledge through varied experiences. Above all, it is a fascinating account of what was for Dickens an illuminating encounter with the New World.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108003889
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - North American History Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

A Dickens Chronologyvii
Further Readingxxxii
A Note on the Textxxxv
American Notes1
Appendix IDickens's Unpublished Introduction of 1842275
Appendix IIDickens's Preface of 1850278
Appendix IIIDickens's Postscript of 1868280

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

American Notes for General Circulation 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Amelia Johnson More than 1 year ago
I founnd this a great book about traveling. It was very interesting how Charles Dickens wrote about his travels. It was also detailed. It was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago