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Charles Dickens's Networks: Public Transport and the Novel

Jonathan H. Grossman

Abstract

The same week in February 1836 that Charles Dickens was hired to write his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, the first railway line in London opened. This book explores the rise of the global, high-speed passenger transport network in the nineteenth century and the indelible impact it made on Dickens’s work. The advent first of stage coaches, then of railways and transoceanic steam ships made unprecedented round-trip journeys across once seemingly far distances seem ordinary and systematic. Time itself was changed. The Victorians overran the separate, local times kept in each town, establishin ... More

Keywords: Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, stage coaches, public transport, novel, road novels, train travel, railway

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199682164.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan H. Grossman, author
Associate Professor, UCLA