The Uncommercial Traveller: (Annotated)

The Uncommercial Traveller Annotated The Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens In Dickens founded a new journal called All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Travel

  • Title: The Uncommercial Traveller: (Annotated)
  • Author: Charles Dickens
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  • The Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens In 1859 Dickens founded a new journal called All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Traveller articles would be among his main contributions He seems to have chosen the title and persona of the Uncommercial Traveller as a result of a speech he gave on the 22 DeceThe Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens In 1859 Dickens founded a new journal called All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Traveller articles would be among his main contributions He seems to have chosen the title and persona of the Uncommercial Traveller as a result of a speech he gave on the 22 December 1859 to the Commercial Travellers School London in his role as honorary chairman and treasurer The persona sits well with a writer who liked to travel, not only as a tourist, but also to research and report what he found visiting Europe, America and giving book readings throughout Britain Dickens began by writing seventeen episodes, which were printed in All the Year Round between 28 January and 13 October 1860 and these were published in a single edition in 1861 He sporadically produced eleven articles between 1863 65 and an expanded edition of the work was printed in 1866 Once he returned to the persona with some sketches written 1868 69 and a complete set of these articles was published posthumously in 1875.

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      Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

    388 thoughts on “The Uncommercial Traveller: (Annotated)

    • I don't think Dickens's non-fiction ages as well as his fiction. I enjoyed this, but a lot if it went over my head and wasn't completely engaging.

    • The 37 pieces in this book were written in the 1860s, published in a weekly magazine/journal that Dickens ran, and later collected and printed in book form. They range fairly widely in theme and tone, but as Daniel Tyler argues in his introduction to the edition I read, they can be seen to make up "a volume-length consideration of how far (and to whom) sympathy can be extended" (xix). (In one essay I liked a lot, Dickens visits a boat about to depart England with hundreds of emigrating Mormons o [...]

    • Another grand work of Dickens's. This time a collection of separately published pieces formed as part of his own journal "All the Year Round". The character of the Uncommercial Traveller takes readers along a journey from Great Britain, through Europe and to America. As ever, the tone is delicately brightened by Dickens's humorous approach though there are some truly poignant moments when we are taken on a tour of the Workhouses, the docks of both Liverpool and London and those people struggling [...]

    • A rather odd eclectic set of short stories based on a travellers experience. Based in Dickens' other novels, I expected a lot more from this. In many parts rather disjointed. Some works though, very vivid. His description of the Lead Mills, rather similar to stories by H G Wells, such as 'The Vone' and 'Lord of the Dynamo's'. This would be a very good book as a way of introduction to themes, trends and ideas in his other major works such as Little Dorrit and Ncholas Nickelby. Very nice to hear f [...]

    • "Reprinted Pieces" was the better of two uninspiring volumes, because it included some fiction. The non-fiction was, for the most part, dull and/or overwrought.

    • For Dickens—the social engineer—perhaps no essay in this collection comes closer to illustrating his compassion for, and personal (because once lived) understanding of, the plight of the child-pauper than XXI “The Short Timers” (pp. 205-215). It’s a truth as timeless as any I know, and I heard a modern-day rendition of it just the other day from a woman who leads children’s tours in the Discovery Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Those who start out with the least in life are ge [...]

    • Something of a slog. Journalism doesn't always age well, even when it's by one of the greats. Many of the stories in the Reprinted Pieces are a treat, though. If I really include the "date started" to "date finished" range I think it would be more than a decade.

    • Review Title: Fiction or journalism?In the second half of his short brilliant career Dickens returned to the short sketch style that made his first fame in the literary world as "Boz". The 37 pieces here were written in three separate periods—1860, 1863, 1868/69—when his personal and professional life had radically changed, and when his pace of writing longer fiction serially had slowed down. The results are good, if uneven, but always recognizably Dickens.By 1860 Dickens was separated from [...]

    • Delightful--and pertinent a century and a half later. Who knew the Victorians ate so well, even in an abandoned Inn (the Railroad had circumvented this old coach-house): "The stopperless cruets on the spindle-shanked sideboard were in a miserably dejected state: the anchovy sauce having turned blue some years ago, and the cayenne pepper (with a scoop in it like a small model of a wooden leg) having turned solid." Not politically correct, because of his use of the French "sauvage", still CD is hi [...]

    • This is a series of magazine articles, I assume, as they are short pieces and he specialized in that form. They purport to be his reminiscences on minor events he has seen while traveling, although their veracity is impossible to confirm. They tend toward his usual themes, poverty, the suffering of the hidden underclass, the way terrible things happen just out of sight in Victorian England.I thought that to the Victorian English, rural life was something of an idyll, but Dickens seems to suggest [...]

    • Phew, what a slog: this is definitely some high-fiber prose.This collection of Dickens' later magazine articles, as well as some reprinted earlier works which The Inimitable curated himself, tested my endurance. The pieces are all worthwhile, and many are brilliant: it's just that there are so damn many of them, and they are all so dense. In many of the riverside articles, and the stories set amongst the poor, one can discern the genesis of much of works such asBleak House,Little Dorrit,Hard Tim [...]

    • Clocking in at the end of Dickens' 24 major works, The Uncommercial Traveller is a series of his sketches, primarily non-fiction, that were published throughout the 1860s, the last decade of his life. It's quite fitting, given that Sketches by Boz was the work that first established his popularity, however whereas that one included more tales of sentimentalism or mystery, this is basically entirely sketches of life, and what it's like to live in England during this decade. I have to say, I find [...]

    • A collection of articles, essays and reports, written in the later part of Dickens' life for a publication, a kind of serial magazine he had founded, form a kind of journal which now reads not unlike a blog. These writings have no theme other than Dickens' observations on contemporary life. There are accounts of a shipwreck and local heroes; his night-walking cures for insomnia; visits to a London workhouse; an emigrant ship transporting Mormons to America; his dull town of birth; lawyers; tramp [...]

    • At last at last! This was a bit of a slog, and I'm glad to be done. Warning to other readers - do not read Dickens' short stories and essays in compilation form. Choose one at a time, read and enjoy, maybe use them for study. But 700+ pages in a rown't do it to yourself. To be sure the stories and essays contained within the Uncommercial Traveller and Repriting Pieces are explorations of the Victorian World that can still be seen as relevant today, or provide insight into his novels. They should [...]

    • I know some will be appalled that I can give Dickens only 3 stars. I wanted to read these pieces as I believed them to be semi-autobiographical journalism. I was interested to read about workhouses, almshouses, the life of the 19th century London poor in general. All you have to do is Google up a couple of the places mentioned to find that they don't exist but that Dickens 'probably' based them on some other place. Journalism then becomes fiction because what do fiction writers often do but writ [...]

    • No tengo palabras para explicar cuanto adoro la técnica narrativa de este autor.Lo primero que deben saber al encarar este libro es que probablemente sea una lectura pesada, pero muy profunda. La forma de describir el ambiente y sus pensamientos es casi poetica, increíble es saber que realmente es una narración de un viaje realizado por él. Si me preguntan, esta clase se escritura me recordo al existencialismo, ¿Por qué? Por su visión de la realidad en las calles de Londres, por sus detal [...]

    • This was an easy book to put down again and again. I read it over a period of several weeks. Some articles deserved five stars, others far lower. I knew this before taking it up to read but it was the last of Dickens works I had to read in my set of 30 volumes. Of the 30 volumes, only 5 were given less than 5 stars. Pearl Buck claimed to have read every volume of this set every year of her adult life. OF course she made this claim in her later life when she wrote some of her worst books , so? I [...]

    • This was a book that I bought twice--in paperback at The Brown Dog Bookstore in Hinesburg, VT but then lost on a Delta flight, and then from --where else. I had gotten a little farther than halfway through it, and was enjoying it more than other Dickens books. He has a subtle sense of humor, and visited interesting places where he either heard, or made up stories. This is not for the average reader, but then, probably none of us consider ourselves average.

    • Dickens, in his unique authorial voice, transports us to Victorian Britain, introducing us to the age of sail and the steam locomotive passionate in his defense of the poverty-stricken and his intolerance of the hypocritical, evocative in his memories of stagecoach England, ghoulish in his description of a Paris morgue, he weaves his magic in a series of thirty-seven essays a must-read for the student of the Victorian era

    • If anyone has notions of a romantic Victorian England this factual & non-fiction book will put you wise to the terrible conditions & poverty a large number (especially in towns/cities)of the population were forced to live in with next to no help exact from a small minority of the better off.A queen who allowed her subjects to live in such dire straits should never have been queen.It took me a while to read it because of the depressive state the book related.

    • I have finished the book, and the last paragraph was about Charles Dickens, going to a poor apartment building and offering all these couples money who did not have food to eat. The last thing he did was go to a Children's hospital and give them money to take better care of the kids. I didn't read it fast because I had to look up all the words and read and understand old English writing. But, it is a good book and would recommend it to people.

    • I think this collection of his journalism is less read now than Dickens's novels, but that's a pity as it shows his talents just as clearly. The essays are a mixture of humour and hard-hitting journalism on the social evils that Dickens tried so hard to eradicate. It is mixed in quality but contains some of his best writing. Sketches by Boz is perhaps more startlingly brilliant but The Uncommercial Traveller is more mature and considered.

    • Snapshots of various places. Excellent characters, naturally, but it didn't work for me, predominantly because the story is so episodic. It's much like a travelogue, but one that is focused on a realistic depiction of people and places met. Interesting, but not captivating. Unlike his other works, I found this book easy to put down.

    • This book was a bit boring and I skipped around in reading it. He does mention observing the Mormons traveling to America on the boat "The ," and is amaized at their good natures and pleasant additudesonce again, my neighbor (who grew up in England) wanted me to read it.

    • This collection of "literary sketches and reminiscences" is now in the public domain. A free electronic copy can be found here.

    • Dickens, CharlesA Tale of Two Cities; The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; The Uncommercial Traveller; No ThoroughfareIn compilation only.

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