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American episodes involving Charles Dickens
Moss, Sidney P., 1917-
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Troy, N.Y. : Whitston Pub. Co., [1999]

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x, 174 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
List of illustrations -- Preface -- Dickens's first visit to America and its fallout. American notes: the book that inflamed two nations. South Carolina contemplates banning American notes ; The American chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit: the culmination of Dickens's quarrel with the American press ; The American press assigns Dickens to Queen's Bench Prison ; Did John Forster write the notorious Foreign quarterly article on "American poetry"? ; The authorship of the Foreign quarterly article on "American poetry" and Poe's "Two long interviews" with Dickens ; Charles Dickens makes Ticknor & Fields his authorized American publisher -- Dickens's second visit to America and its fallout. Kate Field reports on Dickens's performances in America ; Dickens and his Chicago relatives ; Frederick Dickens: from courtship to courtroom ; Dickens on America: a twenty-five year record -- After Dickens's death. Gail Hamilton on Dickens's alleged ménage à trois ; Laurence Hutton's edition of Letters of Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collins -- Index.
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1550 Lexile.
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While Charles Dickens has become a household name in America, familiar even to those who have never read his books, it is important to remember that he wrote primarily for an English audience. As a result, Dickens scholarship has been dominated by English scholars, who have largely left his relationship with America and Americans unexplored. Sidney and Carolyn Moss have stepped in to fill the resulting gap with Charles Dickens and His Chicago Relatives, The Charles Dickens -- Thomas Powell Vendetta, and American Episodes Involving Charles Dickens, their new book of essays that focuses on Dickens' two visits to America. The Mosses explore Dickens' effect on the American literary scene, and the effect that American culture had on him, and bring to light entertaining but forgotten stories about his trips.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Dickens's First Visit to America and Its Falloutp. 1
American Notes: the Book That Inflamed Two Nations*p. 3
Notesp. 18
South Carolina Contemplates Banning American Notes*p. 20
The American Chapters of Martin Chuzzlewit: The Culmination of Dickens' Quarrel with the American Press*p. 28
The American Press Assigns Dickens to Queen's Bench Prisonp. 53
Did John Forster Write the Notorious Foreign Quarterly Article on """"American Poetry""""?p. 63
The Authorship of the Foreign Quarterly Article on """"American Poetry"""" and Poe's """" Two Long Interviews"""" with Dickens*p. 73
Charles Dickens Makes Ticknor & Fields His Authorized American Publisherp. 79
Dickens's Second Visit to America and Its Falloutp. 87
Kate Field Reports on Dickens's Performances in America*p. 88
Notesp. 97
Dickens and His Chicago Relatives*p. 98
Notesp. 108
Dickens on America: a Twenty-Five Year Recordp. 123
Notesp. 147
After Dickens's Deathp. 151
Gail Hamilton on Charles Dickens's Alleged Ménage À Troisp. 152
The Laurence Hutton Edition of Letters of Charles Dickens to Wilkie Collinsp. 161
Indexp. 167