American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June, 1842. Whilst there he acted as a critical observer of North American society, almost as if returning a status report on their progress.
Having arrived in Boston, he visited Lowell, New York, and Philadelphia, and travelled as far south as Richmond, as far west as St. Louis and as far north as Quebec. The American city he liked best was Boston. Further, it was close to the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind where Dickens encountered Laura Bridgman, who impressed him greatly.
Pictures from Italy
In 1844, Charles Dickens took a break from novel writing to travel through Italy for almost a year and Pictures from Italy is an illuminating account of his experiences there. He presents the country like a magic-lantern show, as vivid images ceaselessly appear before his - and his readers' - eyes. Italy's most famous sights are all to be found here - St Peter's in Rome, Naples with Vesuvius smouldering in the background, the fairytale buildings and canals of Venice - but Dickens's chronicle is not simply that of a tourist. Avoiding preconceptions and stereotypes, he portrays a nation of great contrasts: between grandiose buildings and squalid poverty, and between past and present, as he observes everyday life beside ancient monuments. Combining thrilling travelogue with piercing social commentary, Pictures from Italy is a revealing depiction of an exciting and disquieting journey.
A Child's History of England
Dickens's self-imposed task in A Child's History of England make it particularly revealing of his attitudes to history, morality (personal and social), children and education.
Chapman & Hall, 1891. Hardback. 8vo Crown edition. Publisher's maroon cloth boards. No DJ. 658 pp with 16 illustrations inc tissue guarded frontis. Deckled edges. Book condition: Good. Light shelfwear, bumped corners, mild foxing confined to endpapers. Hinges sound and binding firm. Internally clean and bright. A good, if not very good, copy.