Charles Dickens Aimed His Books At Criticizing America Essay

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Charles Dickens Aimed His Books at Criticizing America

Europe in the 1800s was beginning to develop a deep cultural sense for literature. Romanticism and Romantic novels were quickly becoming popular, and authors such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from Germany and poets such as James Macpherson from England, were rapidly becoming icons of their nations, as well as the beginners of influential and opinionated novel writing. Charles Dickens was, and still is, an extremely renowned English Romantic writer, generally considered to be one of the greatest of the Victorian period. He has written almost fifty pieces, of which many books we still hear about today: A Christmas Carol, The Pitwick Papers, American Notes, and Great
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He then became a journalist for True Sun (1830-32), Mirror of Parliament (1832-34), and the Morning Chronicle (1834-36) – three local newspaper journals. He later happily married Catherine Hogarth in 1836. Dickens's career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays appeared in periodicals. Two of his first works were Sketches By Boz and The Pickwick Papers, which were published in 1836. Sketches By Boz was a glimpse into life in early Victorian London, a book illustrated by the well-known artist George Cruikshank. In the words of Charles Dickens himself, he compliments his work: “They comprise my first attempts at authorship. I am conscious of their often being extremely crude and ill-considered, and bearing obvious marks of haste and inexperience." The Pickwick Papers was a tale of a group of rather odd individuals and their travels to Ipswich, Rochester, and Bath. However, most of his books were satiric, and often protested against injustice. In 1842, Charles Dickens visited the United States, where he was welcomed like a celebrity. Yet when he returned home, he satirized the US democracy in Martin Chuzzlewit. During Charles Dickens’ stay in America, he was absolutely disgusted by slavery, the levels of government corruption that surrounded him, and what he saw as the materialism and vulgarity of American life. He was repulsed by how the Americans lived, their ways of life, the way

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