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Newspaper Sunday: Charles Dickens In America

By February 3, 2013

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This week will mark the birthday of the great British novelist Charles Dickens, who was born on February 7, 1812. While still a young man, Dickens had achieved great fame on both sides of the Atlantic, and early 1842 he made his first trip to America.

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.

Photograph: Charles Dickens/Library of Congress

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