This volume places Dickens at the centre of a dynamic and expanding
Victorian print world and tells the story of his career against a
background of options available to him. The collection describes a
world animated by outpourings of print materials: books, serials,
newspapers, periodicals, libraries, paintings and prints, parodies
and plagiarisms, censorship, advertising, as well as theatre and
other entertainment, and celebrity. It also shows this period as
driven by a growing and more literate population, and undergirded
by a general conviction that writing was a crucial component of
governance and civic culture. The extensive introduction and
selected articles anchor Dickens's attempts to establish better
conditions for writers regarding copyright protection, pay, status,
recognition, and effectiveness in altering public policy. They
speak about Dickens's life as playwright, journalist, novelist,
editor, magazine publisher, theatrical producer, actor, lecturer,
reader of his own works, supporter of charities for impoverished
authors and fallen women, exponent of a morality of Christian
compassion and domestic affections sometimes put into question by
his own actions, proponent and critic of British nationalism, and
champion of education for all. This selection of essays and
articles from previously published accounts by internationally
renowned scholars is of interest to all students and professionals
who are fascinated by the composition, manufacture, finance,
formats, pictorializations, sales, advertising and influence of
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