Sketches by Boz

Sketches by Boz

by Charles Dickens


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Before he was a world-famous storyteller, Charles Dickens was Boz, a reporter for the London tabloids. This collection of his brief essays and tales, published in book form in 1836, met with critical and commercial success but was quickly overshadowed by the overwhelming popularity of The Pickwick Papers. Nevertheless, this volume offers fascinating glimpses of Dickens' influences, as he roamed the city streets in the years just before Queen Victoria's coronation to discover the personalities and places that would provide the substance of his later works.
From the Vauxhall pleasure gardens to the criminal haunts of Seven Dials, Dickens tells of the everyday people he meets in gin palaces, prisons, theaters, and hospitals. His itinerary covers well-known sights such as Covent Garden and Scotland Yard in addition to obscure boarding houses and pawn shops, capturing the essence of urban life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539368342
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Pages: 722
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812–1870). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens' popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and rollicking humor of his tales of self-discovery.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

Table of Contents

  • Our parish
    • The Beadle. The Parish Engine. The Schoolmaster.
    • The Curate. The Old Lady. The Half-pay Captain
    • The Four Sisters
    • The Election for Beadle
    • The Broker's Man
    • The Ladies' Societies
    • Our Next-door Neighbour
  • Scenes
    • The Streets – morning
    • The Streets – night
    • Shops and their Tenants
    • Scotland Yard
    • Seven Dials
    • Meditations in Monmouth-Street
    • Hackney-coach Stands
    • Doctors' Commons
    • London Recreations
    • The River
    • Astley's
    • Greenwich Fair
    • Private Theatres
    • Vauxhall Gardens by Day
    • Early Coaches
    • Omnibuses
    • The Last Cab-driver, and the First Omnibus cad
    • A Parliamentary Sketch
    • Public Dinners
    • The First of May
    • Brokers' and Marine-store Shops
    • Gin-shops
    • The Pawnbroker's Shop
    • Criminal Courts
    • A Visit to Newgate
  • Characters
    • Thoughts about People
    • A Christmas Dinner
    • The New Year
    • Miss Evans and the Eagle
    • The Parlour Orator
    • The Hospital Patient
    • The Misplaced attachment of Mr. John Dounce
    • The Mistaken Milliner. A Tale of Ambition
    • The Dancing Academy
    • Shabby-Genteel People
    • Making a Night of It
    • The Prisoners' Van
  • Tales
    • The Boarding-house
      • Chapter the first
      • Chapter the second
    • Mr. Minns and his Cousin
    • Sentiment
    • The Tuggses at Ramsgate
    • Horatio Sparkins
    • The Black Veil
    • The Steam Excursion
    • The Great Winglebury Duel
    • Mrs. Joseph Porter
    • A Passage in the Life of Mr. Watkins Tottle
      • Chapter the first
      • Chapter the second
    • The Bloomsbury Christening
    • The Drunkard's death

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From the Publisher

Walter Bagehot once remarked, Dickens wrote about London "like a special correspondent for posterity".

"The first sprightly runnings of his genius are undoubtedly here," wrote Dickens’s friend and biographer John Forster.

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Sketches by Boz 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Dickens. The reader gets Dickens' characters and descriptive power with a minimum of his ripe sentimentality. A win/win. Good place to start for those new to the author or those that say they don't like Dickens. For those familar with the author's body of work the reader will find the germ of future novels in this early work. The last piece, "A Drunkard's Death", is outstanding.
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Why do you keep saying sup? I havnt read the book yet an i have no idea what its about. I did read te discription but i wanna hear about the book. I dont care about your siblings although im sure they are wonderful but i just wanna hear bout the book isnt tht what the review section is about? Now, I know tht you dont think this is a review, but it really is... I am reviewing about the reviews. I really look forwar to reading this book. But not because of the reviews but because of the description. Whoever reads this please dont comment on this... i just think its annoying. I guess tht makes me a hypocript right now but i am just saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sup sis bye &starf