Dickens’s ‘Young Men’: George Augustus Sala, Edmund Yates and the World of Victorian Journalism

1st Edition

P.D. Edwards

Routledge
Published December 11, 1997
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781859280430 - CAT# Y284231
Series: The Nineteenth Century Series

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Summary

In Dickens's lifetime, and for a generation or so after, Edmund Hodgson Yates and George Augustus Sala were the best known and most successful of his "young men" - the budding writers who acknowledged him as their guide and mentor and whose literary careers the publicity and privately fostered. The book considers their personal and literary relationships with Dickens, with each other, and with other writers of the period, Bohemian and "respectable", including Yates's arch-enemy, his post-office colleague Anthony Trollope. But it also demonstrates that their life and writings - their fiction, private letters and occasional essays in verse and drama, as well as their already recognised contributions to the development of the "new journalism" - are interesting and historically illuminating in their own right, not merely pale reflections of the glory of greater writers. Extensive use is made of previously unpublished material.

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