Dickens on France - Fiction, Journalism and Travel

Author(s): John Edmondson (Editor)


Charles Dickens, Francais naturalise, et Citoyen de Paris. This is how Dickens signed a letter from France to his friend John Forster in 1847. Behind the joke lay a fascination for French life and culture and a sense of affinity with the country that would take him back often and that would find expression in some of his finest work. Dickens on France brings together short stories, extracts from novels and travel writing. Among its journalistic highlights are accounts of a train journey from London to Paris, a rough Channel crossing, the pleasures of Boulogne, and Parisian life in the 1850s and 1860s. Extracts from the travelogue Pictures from Italy take us by coach from Paris to Marseille. The selected short stories include His Boots, a section of Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy and The Boy at Mugby, and there are extracts from A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit, Dombey and Son, Nicholas Nickleby, and Our Mutual Friend. Dickens on France is extensively annotated to provide historical and autobiographical contexts and to highlight literary and other allusions. Brief chapter introductions and a general introduction to the volume highlight key aspects of the selections and discuss the nature of Dickens's enduring relationship with France.


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  • : 9781566566889
  • : Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • : Interlink Books
  • : 0.62
  • : April 2007
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  • : John Edmondson (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 464