The Cricket on the Hearth, with Selections from Sketches by Boz

The Cricket on the Hearth, with Selections from Sketches by Boz

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The Cricket on the Hearth, with Selections from Sketches by Boz

The Cricket on the Hearth, with Selections from Sketches by Boz

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When Charles Dickens returned from Italy in the summer of 1845, one of his first notions after settling down in Devonshire Terrace was that now he might establish the weekly journal that had again and again been in his mind, and which some years afterwards took form in Household Words." He would call it, he said --

"THE CRICKET.
A cheerful creature that chirrups on the Hearth.
Natural History."

He was sanguine of his power of establishing himself by many thousand hearths, and dealing with all topics that concerned his readers, good or bad, in the right wholesome spirit. "Carol philosophy, cheerful views, sharp anatomization of humbug, jolly good temper; papers always in season, pat to the time of year; and a vein of glowing, hearty, generous, mirthful, beaming reference in everything, to Home and Fireside."

This notion was for a short time seriously . . .

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