Review by Choice Review
This second of four projected volumes of Dickens's journalism covers the early reportorial work for the Morning Chronicle, including Dickens's coverage of elections, public ceremonies, and tragedies, as well as editorials and reviews. From the Examiner, Hood's Magazine, and Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine, Slater (Univ. of London) has reprinted theater, literature, and art reviews and essays, and from the first year and a half of Household Words are pieces on topics from advertising posters and begging letters to patents, penology, and capital punishment. Slater has supplied carefully researched headnotes to explain the historical context of each selection, notes to clarify literary allusions, and information on the locations of manuscripts. A chronology of 1834-51 covering in parallel columns Dickens's personal life, his writing career, and the historical and literary background is very useful, as is the combination index-glossary. This convenient collection of Dickens's early writing, some of it never before collected, lets the reader see the novelist developing themes that emerge later in the novels and helps students of literature, popular culture, and history understand important issues of the time. Upper-division undergraduate and above. J. D. Vann University of North Texas
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Review by Library Journal Review
This claims to be the "first ever annotated edition of Dickens's journalism." The book combines his early news stories for The Morning Chronicle and the anonymous material he published in The Examiner after becoming a successful novelist. More for academic collections supporting serious Dickens scholars. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.