Douglas Jerrold

A Life (1803-1857)

Michael Slater

First biography of one of the founding members of Punch set against Victorian theatre life.
Date Published :
November 2002
Publisher :
International Publishers Marketing
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9780715628249
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Douglas Jerrold was the quintessential Victorian. Starting life as a sea-farer, he, like his close friend Dickens, turned himself into a famous writer and journalist, feared for his sharp pen in literary circles. A prolific writer of articles and novels, he wrote many successful plays that made his rising popular fame equal to Dickens’s celebrity as a novelist. When Jerrold died at the early age of 54, Dickens spoke the eulogy at his funeral, which was attended by a crowd that would only be surpassed by the attendance at Dickens’s funeral. Michael Slater has researched Douglas Jerrold ever since he became professor at the University of London, distilling his views in this vivid portrait of a remarkable man and dramatic life which is little known. Jerrold was in his time as important as Dickens and understanding him is a necessary step to understanding the great writer himself.

About The Author

MICHAEL SLATER is one of the world’s fore-most Dickens scholars. He has written extensively on Dickens and has edited the four-vol-ume Uniform Edition of Dickens’s Journalism. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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