Review by Choice Review
If our appreciation of the fiction of Dickens is enhanced by knowing his early journalistic pieces, then we must be grateful for this Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens' Journalism. This volume, the first of four, is a nice addition to our understanding of the early Dickens, the energetic and eager author described in such studies as Chittick's Dickens in the 1830s (CH, Feb'91), DeVries' Dickens' Apprentice Years (1976), and F.S. Schwarzbach's Dickens and the City (1979). Slater, whose work includes Dickens and Women (1983) and editions of Nicholas Nickleby (1978, 1982, 1986), is an admirable guide and a commendable editor. A general introduction which details the publishing history of these sketches, a select bibliography, and a summary of Dickens' life and times are interesting; the introductions to the specific works provide the necessary context for each. The inclusion of the pamphlet Sunday Under Three Heads provides another valuable document from the early years of the budding novelist, for it indicates his early interest in and concern for his later fictional treatments of the social, political, and economic issues of his time. The 43 black-and-white illustrations by Cruikshank are an added bonus. This volume is an auspicious beginning for the series. Undergraduate and up. M. Timko; Queens College, CUNY
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Review by School Library Journal Review
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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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