American Notes for General Circulation

American Notes for General Circulation

Revised Edition


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140436495
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

American Notes is a fascinating account of nineteenth-century America sketched with Charles Dickens’s characteristic wit and charm. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with notes and an introduction by Patricia Ingham. When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842 he was the most famous man of his day to travel there – curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts and found them exemplary. But Dickens’s opinion of America as a land ruled by money, built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. American Notes is an illuminating account of a great writer’s revelatory encounter with the New World. In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines the response the book received when it was published, and compares it with similar travel writings of the period and with Dickens’s fiction, in particular Martin Chuzzlewit. This edition includes an updated chronology, appendices and notes. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed American Notes, you might like Dickens’s Pictures from Italy, also available in Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Edited by Patricia Ingham

Acknowledgments
A Dickens Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Map

AMERICAN NOTES

Appendix I: Dickens’s Unpublished Introduction of 1842
Appendix II: Dickens’s Preface of 1850
Appendix III: Dickens’s Postscript of 1868

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