Academic journal article Nineteenth-Century Prose

Charles Dickens, the Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens' Journalism: Volume II: The Amusements of the People and Other Papers: Reports, Essays and Reviews 1834-51

Academic journal article Nineteenth-Century Prose

Charles Dickens, the Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens' Journalism: Volume II: The Amusements of the People and Other Papers: Reports, Essays and Reviews 1834-51

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Charles Dickens, The Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens' Journalism: Volume II: The Amusements of the People and Other Papers: Reports, Essays and Reviews 1834-51, ed. Michael Slater (Ohio State UP, 1996), xxxix + 408 pp., $42 cloth

In the second volume of this useful series, Michael Slater offers 63 representative papers, selected from over 200 journalistic pieces Dickens published between 1834 and 1851. 42 of these essays were first published in 1848-1851, 26 of them appearing originally in Dickens' Household Words (est. 1850). The other 21 papers, dating from 1834-1845, join the 62 pieces from 1833-1839 that Slater included in volume I (1994). In this second volume, Slater reprints some of Dickens' best journalism from the period, including well-known pieces like "Pet Prisoners," "Old Lamps for New Ones," and "On Duty with Inspector Field," along with unfamiliar gems such as "Snoring for the Million" and "Demoralisation and Total Abstinence." The Dent Uniform Edition is obviously not intended to be complete; Slater omits several familiar pieces such as "The Tooting Farm" and "The Verdict for Drouet" that B. …

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