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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and slave factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
Patricia Ingham is senior research fellow and reader at St. Anne's College, Oxford. She is the general editor of Thomas Hardy's fiction in Penguin Classics and edited Gaskell's North and South for the series.</div>
Because Dickens is a foreigner, he notices things that an American traveler might not comment on. I feel like the things he notices are the things that would stand out to me were I... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dickens captures the essence of what traveling was like in 19th century America. Interestingly, we have conquered most of the problems he mentions (slavery, poor roads and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karmann Guya
I liked it on a couple of levels.
First off, it tells us about Mr. Dickens. I read this as notes he might have someday used for an unwritten book. Read more
I enjoyed this written image of our history. It felt alive and genuine, great descriptions of yesterday, simply fresh and human.Published 17 months ago by Earnest Smith
I've heard it called horrible and a masterpiece. I think it's just okay. Interesting to get Dickens' perspective on America, but it just becomes a rambling monotonous text of his... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Sanders
Wanted to see what Dickens had to say about early America and the modes of travel prevalent in the day. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Ramblin' Reader
I can see why Dickens' American travelogue somewhat lessened his popularity in the US for a while. He does have nice things to say about individual Americans; he offers a fairly... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Joel E. Mitchell
it was necessary to read this for my class, but very cool and interesting, and it was a dollar so cant beat that.Published on February 2, 2013 by Clay Burnette