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>
If he's critical of American society, he's also fairly objective in his discussion of it.
I much prefer Dickens' more famous works, as this one is like his personal diary, but with not much in the way of interesting, personal tidbits.
He travelled from Liverpool to Boston, and then visited places like New York, Washington, St.Louis, the Great Lakes, and Canada.
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 2 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 10 months ago by Sanders
Wanted to see what Dickens had to say about early America and the modes of travel prevalent in the day. Read morePublished 13 months ago 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 18 months ago 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 19 months ago by Clay Burnette
Charles Dickens visited America for the first time when he was 30, and already a famous novelist. While the book about that visit is sometimes amusing and appealing, it is by no... Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by H. Schneider
Charles Dickens left London for America in the cold January of 1842. He left behind several children and such bestsellers as "Pickwick Papers"; "Oliver Twist:, "The Old Curiosity... Read morePublished on December 10, 2007 by C. M Mills
I had eagerly looked forward to reading this work. I had expected that Dickens would provide a rich Pickwick Papers-like cast of American characters. Read morePublished on December 4, 2006 by Shalom Freedman