This week in Newspaper Sunday we look at some of the news coverage of Dickens in American in January and February of 1842. He was honored and cheered by thousands, though controversy would follow his grand time in America.
After returning to London, he wrote some things that mocked the manners of Americans, and for a time he was sharply criticized. But his novels remained popular, and all was forgiven. When he returned to America 25 years later, in 1867, he was again welcomed warmly.
Note: The following links lead to excerpts from newspaper articles at the Chronicling America site of the Library of Congress. To view the entire page of the newspaper, click the "persistent link" on the excerpt page.
- New York Tribune, January 26, 1842: An article about his itinerary referred to Dickens as "our country's well-beloved visitor."
- New York Tribune, January 28, 1842: When Dickens, referred to by his pen name of "Boz," visited a Boston theater, the "whole audience rose, en masse, and gave him three cheers."
- New York Tribune, February 7, 1842: At a gala dinner in his honor in Boston, a toast was given: "Health, happiness, and a hearty welcome to Charles Dickens."
- New York Tribune, February 21, 1842: A brief item noted that Dickens, in New York City, had attended church with former president Martin Van Buren.
- New York Tribune, February 19, 1842: A dinner given in honor of Dickens in New York City included, as one of the hosts, the noted American author Washington Irving.
Photograph: Charles Dickens/Library of Congress
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