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Philadelphia: Charles Dickens Gives an 1842 Viewpoint

Charles Dickens

In 1842, Charles Dickens wrote a short summary of Philadelphia for the readers back home in London-

My stay in Philadelphia was very short, but what I saw of its society, I greatly liked. Treating of its general characteristics, I should be disposed to say that it is more provincial than Boston or New York and that there is a float in the fair city, an assumption of taste and criticism, savoring rather of those genteel discussions upon the same themes, in connection with Shakespeare and the Musical Glasses, of which we read in the Vicar of Wakefield.

Originally published: Thursday, December 30, 1999; most-recently modified: Friday, May 31, 2019

He's cool!
Posted by: Brett   |   Feb 7, 2012 11:19 AM
could you please tell me if charles dickens ever met john s du solle who was the editor of the newspaper in philadelphia called the spirit of the times
thank you
Posted by: HARRY W F MITCHELL   |   Dec 10, 2009 7:42 AM
Of course he was patronizing. He was English.
Posted by: Bill Sykes   |   Aug 10, 2006 12:40 PM