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American Notes (1842)

by Charles Dickens

Other authors: Raymond F. Houlihan

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Fascinating narrative of Dickens' trip to America. This travel book gives all the delicious historical details usually missing from similar works and from novels. You get all the spit, filth, and tortuous travel details (the story of the canal travel is particularly entertaining) as well as his impressions of various American Institutions. This is both an interesting tale in and of itself as well as a treasure trove of historical information. ( )
1 vote grundlecat | Nov 14, 2010 |
A vivid and entertaining account of Charles Dickens's visit to America. ( )
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Charles Dickensprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Houlihan, Raymond F.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ingham, PatriciaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingham, PatriciaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wall, StephenChronologysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Charles Dickens was the most famous of many travelers of his time who journeyed to America, curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank, often humorous descriptions in his 1842 account cover everything from his uncomfortable sea voyage to an ecstatic narrative of his visit to Niagara Falls. Yet Dickens is also critical of American society, its preoccupation with money, and reliance on slavery, as well as the rude, unsavory manners of Americans and their corrupt press. Above all, American Notes is a lively chronicle of what was for Dickens an illuminating encounter with the New World.

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"'I have made up my mind (with God's leave) to go to America - and to start as soon after Christmas as it will be safe'" "So wrote an exuberant Dickens shortly before his voyage to America in 1842. He was the most famous of many travellers of his time who journeyed to the New World, curious to find out about the revolutionary new civilization which had captured the English imagination. His frank, often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically uncomfortable sea voyage to his wonder at the Niagara Falls. In general Dickens is critical of what he saw as a society ruled by money and partly built on slavery, with unsavoury manners and a corrupt press. His unfavourable account provoked a hostile response in America and Britain, although he was to change his opinion later."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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