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Sketches by Boz
Sketches by Boz

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Sketches by Boz

Sketches by Boz - 1836
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Facsimile of wrapper of first complete edition A collection of Dickens' early stories that had been published in Monthly Magazine, The Morning Chronicle, and other periodicals. The collection was first published by John Macrone in February 1836 and was later expanded and issued in monthly parts (Nov 1837-June 1839) by Dickens' next publishers, Chapman and Hall. Illustrations for all of the iterations were provided by established artist George Cruikshank. The sketches provide delightful glimpses into life in early Victorian London.

Dickens later wrote of Sketches: "They comprise my first attempts at authorship. I am conscious of their often being extremely crude and ill-considered, and bearing obvious marks of haste and inexperience."

Dickens' pseudonym Boz came from his younger brother Augustus's through-the-nose pronunciation of his own nickname, Moses.

Dickens' first published work, A Dinner at Poplar Walk, appeared in Monthly Magazine in December 1833. It was later renamed Mr. Minns and His Cousin and was included in Sketches by Boz.


Our Parish
The Beadle - The Parish Engine - The Schoolmaster
The Curate - The Old Lady - The Half-pay Captain
The Four Sisters
The Election for Beadle
The Broker's Man
The Ladies' Societies
Our Next-door Neighbour

The Streets – Morning
The Streets – Night
Shops and Their Tenants
Seven Dials
Meditations in Monmouth-street
Hackney-coach Stands
Doctors' Commons
London Recreations
The River
Greenwich Fair
Private Theatres
Vauxhall Gardens by Day
Early Coaches
The Last Cab-driver, and the First Omnibus Cad
A Parliamentary Sketch
Public Dinners
The First of May
Brokers' and Marine-store Shops
The Pawnbroker's Shop
Criminal Courts
A Visit to Newgate
Thoughts about People
A Christmas Dinner
The New Year
Miss Evans and the Eagle
The Parlour Orator
The Hospital Patient
The Misplaced Attachment of Mr John Dounce
The Mistaken Milliner (A Tale of Ambition)
The Dancing Academy
Shabby-genteel People
Making a Night of It
The Prisoners' Van

The Boarding-house
Mr Minns and His Cousin
The Tuggs's at Ramsgate
Horatio Sparkins
The Black Veil
The Steam Excursion
The Great Winglebury Duel
Mrs. Joseph Porter
A Passage in the Life of Mr. Watkins Tottle
The Bloomsbury Christening
The Drunkard's Death

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