American Notes

American Notes

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'Like Shakespeare, Dickens was able to embrace a whole world' John Mortimer

When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842, he was the most famous man of his day to make the journey, and embarked on his travels with an intense curiosity. His frank descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts. But Dickens's depiction of America as a land ruled by money, built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. American Notes is an illuminating account of a great writer's revelatory encounter with the New World.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Patricia Ingham
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 245g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • map
  • 0140436499
  • 9780140436495
  • 125,148

Table of contents

Edited by Patricia Ingham

A Dickens Chronology
Further Reading
A Note on the Text


Appendix I: Dickens's Unpublished Introduction of 1842
Appendix II: Dickens's Preface of 1850
Appendix III: Dickens's Postscript of 1868
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About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful PICKWICK PAPERS (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. He is considered one of the greatest novelists in the English language.

Patricia Ingham is Fellow of St Anne's College, Reader in English, and The Times Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford.
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