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American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June 1842.

American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June 1842. While there he acted as a critical observer of North American society, almost as if returning a status report on their progress. This can be compared to the style of his Pictures from Italy written four years later, where he wrote far more like a tourist. His American journey was also an inspiration for his novel Martin Chuzzlewit

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When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842 he was the most famous man of his day to travel there – curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts and found them exemplary.

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Charles Dickens was a big fan of traveling and visiting remote places to get an inspiration for his new novels and stories. As a result, he wrote several travelogues, and this is one of the most popular ones. He took a trip to the United States back in 1842 (during the January-June period, to be exact). Upon arrival, he immediately started to act as if he was a journalist reporting back to his journal.

American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June, 1842. While there he acted as a critical observer of these societies almost as if returning a status report on their progress

American Notes for General Circulation is a travelogue by Charles Dickens detailing his trip to North America from January to June, 1842. While there he acted as a critical observer of these societies almost as if returning a status report on their progress. His American journey was also an inspiration for his novel Martin Chuzzlewit.

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Ziena
A very different Dickens. Very! His impressions from a 6-month visit to the U.S. in 1850. I've skipped or skimmed some pages where he's describing visits to insane asylums, and poor houses, but have enjoyed the read. Very good on descriptions of urban conditions and his reaction to slavery. Not terribly long, and worth reading if you've any interest in how folks lived and worked together to solve problems pervasive then... and pervasive now as well.
Oparae
As an earlier reviewer noted, this edition is grossly incomplete. It is missing Chapters XIII - XVII of "American Notes" (about 100 pages) and ALL of "Pictures from Italy" (about 200 pages). A warning does appear in place of a copyright page saying that this "reproduction of an original work published before 1923...may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages..." The absence of 300 pages, including the entire "Pictures of Italy," -- though that title appears on the cover and and is listed in the table of contents -- ranks as considerably more than an "imperfection."
Zonama
Charles Dickens left London for America in the cold January of 1842. He left behind several children and such bestsellers as "Pickwick Papers"; "Oliver Twist:, "The Old Curiosity Shop" and "Nicholas Nickleby."
He and his wife Catherine Hogarth Dickens would journey to the land of their Yankee cousins for six months. This long journey resulted in a short account of the famed novelist's time in the United States.
The passage from Liverpool took 18 days with storms and heavy rain to propel the Britishers forward to the land of the free and home of the brave! Dickens visited several cities. He had good and bad things to say about America. Dickens:
a. Visited Boston and New York insane asylums and homes for the indigent.
He also visited prisons. Dickens was a liberal social reformer and thought the treatment of the insane could be improved. He did not think much of American penology believing the prisoners should be worked harder.
b. From the East the Dickens party traveled West. They passed through Louisville, Cincinnati and Sandusky. Dickens complained about pigs in the streets of these burgeoning cities. He thought Americans bold and brassy with an inordinate patriotism manifestly condescending to foreigners.
c. Dickens traveled to St.Louis complaining of the isolated life found in log cabins and the hot temperatures of North America.
d. Dickens disliked the partisan American press; he thought Americans were ruled by mobocracy and often used guns and fisticuffs when they were not necessary!
e. The travel in stage and by train was difficult in this era in the new American nation. Dickens often comments on how miserable he was!
f. Dickens saves his greatest wrath for the abominable practice of chattel slavery in the American South. In his journey to Virginia he comments on how run down the farms and homes were. Like the earlier English visiotr Fanny Trollope he is to be commended for his hatred of slavery which was the curse of American life in the antebellum period.
g. Dickens also hated the American propensity to spit tobacco juice everwhere in sight including the floor of the US House of Representatives and in the Senate Chamber!
Dickens also toured Canada which at that time was ruled by Great Britain. He is much less critical of Canadians!
Dickens is critical in many pages of the book. The book was not liked in America and little read in England. Dickens also was appalled at the lack of copyright law protecting him and English authors from the pirating of their literary efforts. Dickens would write his next novel "Martin Chuzzlewit" in which the hero travels to America only to be greatly disillusioned by this experience.
Dickens returned to America late in life amending some of his earlier harsh views about the 1842 visit. Slavery had been then been abolished.
It should not be forgotten that Dickens was also very critical of society in Great Britain! This greatest of Victorian novelists was a man who believed society needed to improve in education, care for the poor giving people more equitable justice and a higher standard of living. Dickens failed to realize on his 1842 tour that America would take time to grow as a nation and society. Some of his pointed observations, though, such as our love for elections, guns and military titles still stand!
American Notes is dry reading in many places. It is valuable for how a famous author saw America when he and the United States were both young.
Orevise
In 1840, Charles Dickens visited the United States for the first time. His observations are fascinating and entertaining and his take on slavery adds needed perspective to our modern-day discussion of race in America.
Ber
I thought I had read all of Dickens, so was very pleased to find this one. Liked it a lot. Reminded me of Pickwick Papers. Might be his last book, as he died soon after this. Well worth reading and fun.
The_NiGGa
Dickens captures the essence of what traveling was like in 19th century America. Interestingly, we have conquered most of the problems he mentions (slavery, poor roads and infrastructure) but Washington continues to be the same. He points out that politicians are so derided and maligned that only the worst type of individual would want to be a politician in Washington. The more things change....
Obong
I have been waiting to get this book for research into mid-19th century American social history. I have seen quotes from this work often but never had my own copy. It's about time I did.
Charles Dickens is such an excellent writer that even his description of his steamboat passage to America was brought to life such that I was almost there with him.

His descriptions of many American institutions were very detailed and thoughtful and interesting.

I especially was impressed with his scathing discussion of the evils of slavery.
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Essays & Correspondence
Author: Charles Dickens
ISBN: 0760768927
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Essays & Correspondence
Language: English
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books (2005)