Charles Dickens's American Audience by Robert McParland

By Robert McParland

Throughout the time whilst the yankee state used to be rising, the novels of a British writer Charles Dickens contributed considerably to the making of yankee tradition. the original contribution of Charles Dickens's American viewers is the focal point upon the testimony of Dickens's American readers as a distinct studying neighborhood how his fiction intersected with their actual lives, how he impacted American publishing, literacy, and academic reform, and the way americans enjoyed the theatricality that Dickens dropped at their lives.

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The next year two clubs were in operation, and the idea of a ladies’ library was developed. (Michigan Centennial 602) Similarly, The Ladies’ Library Association of Kalamazoo, Michigan, in weekly meetings in 1888, discussed Bleak House, Pickwick, and Dickens in America (Stanley 284). Dickens was also read in the 1890s by the Pickwick Society of Deposit, New York, which took its name from a Dickens novel. The group met in the library from 1893 to 1899 to discuss public topics and read fiction, including Dickens’s Pickwick (Records of Pickwick Society [1893], Deposit Public Library, N 21).

Mr. Micawber is a man of great talent, Master Copperfield,” she says. David affirms this and Mrs. Micawber now uses the familiar phrase: “That he may be ready, in case 22 Chapter 2 of anything turning up” (151). As we read on, Mr. Micawber again takes up the phrase: “My dear friend,” said Mr. Micawber, “I am older than you; a man of some experience in life—and of some experience, in short, in difficulties, generally speaking. ” (154) Mr. Micawber’s phrase was used to describe the growth and hopes of American towns and cities.

Is English. She came to America when thirty-eight, and is now over sixty, still she hasn’t grown at all American, and seems to have walked straight out from the pages of a Dickens novel. (52) Charles Dickens and the American Community 27 This pattern of people referring to Dickens’s characters continues steadily throughout the nineteenth century, into the first decades of the twentieth century. Whether they are farmers, teachers, or lawyers, as they come to write their memoirs, Dickens’s readers have his characters indelibly etched in their memories.

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