When Charles Dickens fell out with America

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When Charles Dickens fell out with America

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feb 14, 2012, 10:38am

Here's an article on Dickens's 1842 American tour that might be of interest to readers here:

When Charles Dickens fell out with America

feb 14, 2012, 7:36pm

Thanks for sharing such an interesting article. I would like to read American Notes one of these days.

Redigerat: feb 22, 2013, 5:56am

I recently bought via e-bay a lovely copy of American Notes published by Westvaco , interesting reading and showed just what Dickens thought of Americans and their manners !

Redigerat: feb 26, 2013, 2:21pm

I have read Martin Chuzzlewit which I believe was written after his American tour. Dickens does not seem to ve very kind. To is in that one.

apr 2, 2013, 4:18pm

His opinions on America are harsh but loving, it seems to me. He didn't pull any punches and honestly, would we expect him to? Remember that our whole nation has a farcical and comic/grotesque aspect which has always embarrassed the rest of the world. I wouldn't dream that someone of Dickens' mind would let us off the hook any more than he let his own country off the hook.

sep 18, 2014, 9:04pm

Aw hell, I wish I had a bust of Dickens...

mar 2, 2015, 9:53am

I started Chuzzlewit last month. Seems good so far but I've already confused Anthony with old Martin so had to do some rereading.

mar 5, 2019, 2:28pm

I find Dickens treatment of the United States hilarious. There is much to make fun of and I am sure that what he wrote was more true than many from the USA would like to admit. Dickens does know how to make fun of someone or a type of someone just as he is good at admiring certain types of people.

mar 6, 2019, 7:25am

>8 vanjr:, Chuzzlewit does have humour to enjoy in its American portion. But if he'd painted all of London with one brush in the same way that he painted America, he never would have become the popular author that he did.

I read somewhere, he felt the was coming up short on page count for that novel and needed to pad it, thus the American scenes. Maybe if he'd planned it further in advance he would have given the portrayal more nuance.