Douglas Jerrold: 1803-1857

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Duckworth, Nov 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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Douglas Jerrold was the quintessential Victorian. Starting life as a sea-farer, he, like his close friend Dickens, turned himself into a famous writer and journalist, feared for his sharp pen in literary circles. A prolific writer of articles and novels, he wrote many successful plays that made his rising popular fame equal to Dickens's celebrity as a novelist. When Jerrold died at the early age of 54, Dickens spoke the eulogy at his funeral, which was attended by a crowd that would only be surpassed by the attendance at Dickens's funeral. Michael Slater has researched Douglas Jerrold ever since he became professor at the University of London, distilling his views in this vivid portrait of a remarkable man and dramatic life which is little known. Jerrold was in his time as important as Dickens and understanding him is a necessary step to understanding the great writer himself.

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Overture The Passing of a Literary Hero
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One Strolling Players and Theatres Rural 18031813
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Two In Nelsons Navy 18131815
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Michael Slater is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College.