Sketches by Boz. Illustrative of Every-day Life, and Every-day People


Creator

Date

1837

Identifier

Special Collections PR4570 A1 1836a

Publisher

London: John Macrone

Abstract

In December 1833 Dickens’s first published literary work appeared in the Monthly Magazine; it was entitled ‘A Dinner at Poplar Walk’ (later called ‘Mr Minns and his Cousin’). His first book was Sketches by Boz, and it contained sketches and tales written during 1833 and 1836, including the above ‘Mr Minns’. On display is the Second Series edition, which contained stories not in the First Series of February 1836. Published by John Macrone, the two volume set was illustrated by George Cruikshank, who, along with Dickens, is depicted as a flag waver in this engraved title page. In 1834, Dickens was 22 and a little known Parliamentary reporter; by 1837 he was famous. Sketches by Boz, well-received on publication, did much to establish his reputation.

[Vauxhall Gardens by Day (left) and Sketches by Boz- Second Series (right). Illustrated frontispiece and title page by George Cruikshank, from Charles Dickens's Sketches by Boz. Illustrative of Every-day Life, and Every-day People. Second Series.]

Files

Cabinet 3 illustrations Cruikshank.jpg

Citation

Charles Dickens, “Sketches by Boz. Illustrative of Every-day Life, and Every-day People,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed February 25, 2024, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/7122.