Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850-1870

Essential reading for the academic as well as general contemporary Dickens readership, this series of essays looks at Dickens use of the periodical to deliver his message of social reform.
Date Published :
March 2014
Publisher :
University of Buckingham Press
Editor :
Hazel MacKenzie, Ben Winyard
Contributor(s) :
Michael Slater, John Drew
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With the phenomenally popular weekly magazines Household Words and All the Year Round, Charles Dickens effectively re-invented periodical literature in the nineteenth century. Already enjoying huge stature as a world-famous author, Dickens was often the principal contributor of the journals that carried the novels serialized within them. As, by his own term, the“conductor” of the weekly magazines, he was able to direct the gaze of his readership, easily eliding fiction and non-fiction, to those things that most concerned him – poverty, crime, education, public health, women, and social welfare and reform. This collection of new essays from a rich variety of contributors, explores the journalism and fiction in Household Words and All Year Round and their relationship to the wider publishing world. The essays were presented at the Dickens Journals Online Conference launched in March 2012.

About The Author

BEN WINYARD is a scholar working on the Dickens Journals Online project.

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.

JOHN DREW is the editor of Dickens Journals Online (DJO), launched in March 2012, as part of the Dickens Bicentenary celebrations. DJO, which attracted nationwide publicity, is a major endeavor to digitize and make available online the content of the 40-plus volumes of Household Words and All the Year Round edited by Dickens between 1850 and 1870.


"Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press 1850-1870 is a series of essays and articles by various writers who studied Dickens. The book, edited by Hazel Mackenzie and Ben Winyard is a deep study of Charles Dickens as a journalist during the period in which he was a very successful magazine editor of Household Words and then All the Year Round. The essays in this book were presented online at [...] and this book was compiled especially for students and post graduates who wish to study Dickens in depth."

- Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures