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A Harsh Picture
of America

Martin Chuzzlewit
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Martin Chuzzlewit.
London: Chapman & Hall, September 1843
Rare Book & Special
Collections Division
, (181A.5a-t)

Angered by American publication of his work without payment, Charles Dickens portrayed America negatively in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-1844) through the adventures of Martin and his companion. Dickens attacked American newspapers, politics, commercialism, and deficiencies in manners, conversation, and the arts. Dickens's American readers bitterly resented the attack.

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