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The Art of EloquenceByron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce$
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Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253999.001.0001

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An Audience with Dickens

An Audience with Dickens

(p.86) 2 An Audience with Dickens
The Art of Eloquence

Matthew Bevis (Contributor Webpage)

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Dickens provides the most varied body of spoken and written engagements with Liberal reform rhetoric in the 19th century, and — as Philip Davis notes — he reaches ‘further down and further across the social scale than any of his contemporaries’. His novelistic debut, The Pickwick Papers (1836-7), takes its bearings from his apprenticeship as a parliamentary reporter, and was published in volume form a few months before Hansard first went on sale to the general public. This chapter considers how his diverse careers as shorthand writer, journalist, speaker, and public reader informed his attempts to shape the Victorian periodical novel into a mode of civic eloquence.

Keywords:   parliamentary reporter, public reader, journalist, Victorian periodical novel

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