Dickens' Journalism Sketches By Boz and Other Early Papers 1833-39

Dickens, Charles. Michael Slater

Published by Phoenix Giants, 1996
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Synopsis: London in the 1830s was undergoing great changes. In the streets old hackney coaches jostled with new omnibuses, night watchmen gave way to the new police, the poor crowded into inner-city slums, and the middle classes colonized genteel new suburbs.
This was young Dickens's city, and he reported it all - the gin palaces, pleasure gardens, streets, shops, prisons, and law courts - as though he were, in Walter Bagehot's words, "a special correspondent for posterity." It was as a journalist that he first made his mark. His very first book, published when he was only twenty-four, was a collection of sketches that had first appeared in newspapers and magazines written under the pen name "Boz." Sketches by Boz was an instant bestseller.
Dickens's knowledge of London was "extensive and peculiar" - like Sam Weller's in Pickwick Papers. "He knew it all, from Bow to Brentford," said one of his friends. In his Sketches the future novelist was marking out his territory, just as, in the pamphlet Sunday Under Three Heads, also included here, the lifelong campaigner against injustice and class oppression was finding his unique voice.
This is the first of four volumes of Dickens's greatest journalism - the first ever annotated edition to be published.

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When finished, this projected four-volume set will deliver ``for the first time in annotated form, all the journalism that Dickens published in collected form during his lifetime,'' plus some ephemera. This first volume presents mostly Sketches by Boz (475 of 555 text pages), which hardly needs review. Instead of footnotes, Slater (Univ. of London) provides informative, relatively minimalist headings to chapters, noting first publication data and information on topics, locales, etc., that will interest the general reader but provide little relevant news to experts. This is an attractive package (the 43 Cruikshank illustrations are a real plus), but most of the text is readily available in other editions/collections. Best suited to libraries trying to update, upgrade, or supplement holdings of Miscellaneous Papers, Reprinted Pieces, etc.-Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.

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Title: Dickens' Journalism Sketches By Boz and ...
Publisher: Phoenix Giants
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Paperback
Illustrator: George Cruikshank
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