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Unformatted text preview: Dickens perfectly illustrates the phenomenal energy and personal productivity seen in so many figures of the Victorian era. This novelist, playwright, theater habitue, socializer, charity benefit worker, lecturer, father of ten, and voluminous letter writer, was also the editor of several magazines. From 1841 onward, he had to meet deadlines, scout out talent, dream up projects, and promote sales first for Master Humphrey's Clock , then for Household Words , and finally for All the Year Round. These periodicals printed his own sketches and short stories and serialized several of his novels. Fairly early in his career, 1842, Dickens went on a reading tour of the United States, then undertook another in 1866. Both were very successful but neither had any particular influence on his work or ideas, possibly because he found American life to be, on the whole, vulgar and shallow. He recorded ideas, possibly because he found American life to be, on the whole, vulgar and shallow....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08